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South Carolina Wedding Resource Guide

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Your Complete Wedding Planner and Detailed Guide to Businesses and Services in South Carolina

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THIRD EDITION

The Book for All Brides South Carolina Wedding Resource Guide Your Complete Planner and Detailed Guide to South Carolina’s Finest Wedding & Event Related Businesses and Services

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina

www.theBookforAllBrides.com


THE SOUTH CAROLINA WEDDING RESOURCE GUIDE Copyright Š 2008, 2009 and 2010 by Susan Scacchi. All rights reserved. Printed in the United States of America. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission, except in the case of brief quotations in articles or reviews. For information, write Wedding Resource Publishing, 9 Stillwater Court, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, or phone us at 843-357-9332, or e-mail us at info@theBookforAllBrides.com Cover Design and Layout by Michele Newkirk Front Cover:

The Lace House at the Governor’s Mansion www.lacehouse.sc.gov Jay Browne Photography www.jaybrownephotography.com Back Cover:

The Crown Reef at South Beach Resort www.CrownReef.com The South Carolina Wedding Resource Guide. ISBN 978-0-9819992-5-8 Disclaimer Although the author and the publisher have researched all sources to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information contained in this book, we assume no responsibility for errors, inaccuracies, omissions or any other inconsistency herein. Any slights against people or organizations are unintentional. Wedding Resource Publishing is not responsible for the contents or any misrepresentations by any of the advertisers. Advertisers are responsible for the contents and all claims within their representations.

ADVERTISING If you are interested in your company being represented in this book, please contact us at 843-357-9332, info@theBookforAllBrides.com or the address above.


How to Use this Book Whether you are the bride, the groom, the mother or the wedding coordinator, this book will help you follow time-honored traditions. The book will help you to incorporate your own personal touch into the wedding, save you time, money, misunderstandings and help minimize unnecessary frustrations. The layout of this book allows you to use it as your wedding workbook and appointments calendar. The worksheets and blank pages will help you organize and record every detail of your wedding. Keep it with you at all times, jotting down ideas and referring to it as questions come up. Choosing wedding services is important, that is why our Guide gives you fullpage detailed information on hundreds of services. Remember, most service providers in the book regularly travel to wedding site locations throughout the state, so contact a variety of them to choose the one that is just right for you. Many service providers now have online packages or will send you their wedding package by mail. It is always best to have a few to compare and then choose the one that fits you best. This book is also a complete planner that will walk you through each stage of your wedding. Our checklists have received rave reviews from numerous couples and the Ultimate Checklist will keep you on track!

We wish you the best in planning your big day!


Acknowledgements This third edition would not be available were it not for the help of many special individuals. Many thanks to the various chambers throughout the state for their help in ensuring the completeness and accuracy of this edition. Special thanks goes to Michele Newkirk, Robin Lindsay, and Kelley Lamy for their many hours of hard work on the design and layout of the book and to Kevin Morse for his love, patience and never-ending support.

To Our Sponsors and Supporters Thank you, your participation is very much appreciated — with your help, we have been able to provide the brides and grooms of South Carolina with a great resource for planning their big day. It has been a great pleasure working with all of the wonderful wedding professionals in South Carolina again this year.

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From the Publisher d Congratulations! You’re planning a wedding. Big budget or small, it’s time to showcase your personality and gather your friends and family. It’s time to let the fun begin! Whether you’ve been dreaming of this day all of your life and know everything you want, or you’re starting with a blank canvas, it doesn’t matter, just relax. This book will guide you through the whole process. With our Ultimate Checklist in the back of this book and detailed questions at the end of each chapter, you will find it easy to stay organized and keep any surprises to a minimum. With so many wonderful wedding magazines on the stands today, be sure to pick up a few and flip through their pages. For the latest trends and ideas, also be sure to visit our blog at www.thebookforallbrides.com/blog. When you see something you like, such as a color, design or idea, print out that image or tear out that page and put it in the corresponding chapter in this book; take this with you as you meet with each of your wedding professionals and be sure to show them what you like and want for your big day. All of the professionals featured in this book want to help make your dreams a reality and their participation in this book is just their first gift to you. What a wonderful time for you, we hope you enjoy the whole process and have a beautiful wedding day! Susan Scacchi

Murrells Inlet, South Carolina Woodstock, Vermont Warner, New Hampshire

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Other Uses for this Book Whether you find yourself planning a special party, fundraiser or family gathering there is no doubt this guide will be helpful to you.

Birthday, Holiday or Company Parties Will you need a cake, a party site, musicians, or a caterer? Find them in their appropriate sections. The guide will tell how far in advance you will need to reserve a site.

Fundraising If it is a black tie event, you can use practically the entire book—just cross out bride and groom! The budget planning section is helpful for all fund raising events that use similar services.

Family Gatherings 50th wedding anniversaries, reunions… Where is everyone going to stay? Who’s picking up Great Aunt Milly?

Just Remember As you flip through the guide, recognize that the services provided are there to help you with their specialty—a specialty with many uses other than weddings.

Best of Luck with all of your other events!

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Contents Your Engagement ................................................................. 1 Your Wedding ....................................................................... 3 Where to Start: Your Budget ........................................ 3 Begin Your Wedding Plans........................................... 3 Having Your Own Style................................................ 4 Important Questions to Answer.................................. 5 Things to Remember.................................................... 7

How to Plan Your Big Day ................................................ 8 Delegating Duties ......................................................... 8 A Planning Test............................................................. 8

All About South Carolina ................................................ 11 Weather, Sunsets and Tides........................................ 11 Marriage Requirements.............................................. 13 List of County Probate Judges ................................... 15 Guest Considerations ................................................. 17 Chambers of Commerce ............................................ 18

Banquet and Reception Sites .......................................... 23 Reception Sites Map ................................................... 24 How to Plan Your Reception ..................................... 25 Reception Checklist.................................................... 28 Anderson Ocean Club and Spa ................................... 29 Baywatch Resort & Conference Center ....................... 29 Country Club of Hilton Head ..................................... 30 Crown Reef at South Beach Resort.............................. 31 Dataw Island Club ...................................................... 32 Embassy Suites Columbia–Greystone.......................... 33 Fripp Island Resort ...................................................... 34 Furman University Conference & Events ................... 35 Golf Club at Indigo Run.............................................. 36 Grand Strand Resorts .................................................. 37 Hilton Garden Inn....................................................... 38 xi


Inlet Affairs Banquet & Catering ................................ 39 Marriott Columbia ..................................................... 40 Palmetto Room ............................................................ 41 Radisson Hotel Columbia............................................ 42 South Carolina Aquarium........................................... 43

Beauty and Spa Services................................................... 45 How to Look Your Best .............................................. 46 Aquarius Spa & Salon ................................................ 48 Belue Day Spa ............................................................ 49 Body & Soul Spa & Fitness ........................................ 50 Melinda’s Medical Day Spa ........................................ 51 Your Beauty Checklist ................................................ 52

Bridal Attire and Formal Wear ...................................... 55 Your Style of Wedding Attire ..................................... 56 Wedding Attire Checklist ........................................... 60 Brides Corner............................................................... 61 Magnolia Bridal & Formal Wear ................................ 62

Cakes ..................................................................................... 65 Cake Choices............................................................... 66 Cakes Checklist........................................................... 67

Catering and Bartending ................................................. 69 Having Your Reception Catered ................................ 70 Catering and Bartending Checklist ........................... 72 Inlet Affairs Banquet & Catering ................................ 73 Southern Way Catering ............................................... 74

Ceremony Sites and Officiants ...................................... 77 The Importance of Your Ceremony .......................... 78 Ceremony and Officiant Checklist ............................ 80 Historic South Carolina Church Buildings............... 81 Historic Port Royal ...................................................... 86

Consultants and Wedding Planners ............................. 89 Choosing a Consultant............................................... 90 Consultant Checklist .................................................. 93 Chastain’s Floral .......................................................... 96 Patsy Collin.................................................................. 97 Robin Cannon ............................................................. 98 xii


Decorations and Rental Items...................................... 101 Decorating and Rental Information........................ 102 Decorating, Rentals and Tent Checklist .................. 105 Rentzall...................................................................... 107

Favors, Special Touches & Gifts .................................. 109 Adding a Favor.......................................................... 110 Unique Favors and Special Touches ........................ 111

Florists.............................................................................. 115 Selecting the Right Florist for You........................... 116 Florist Checklist........................................................ 117 Bitty’s Flower Shop, Inc. ............................................ 118 Charleston Florist ...................................................... 119 Chastain’s Floral ....................................................... 120 Flowers & Baskets...................................................... 121

Gift Registry and Thank You Gifts ............................. 123 Choosing Registry Locations ................................... 124

Guest Accommodations ................................................. 129 Planning Ahead ........................................................ 130 Accommodations Checklist ..................................... 131 Accommodations and Information......................... 132 Days Inn Hilton Head ............................................... 133 Embassy Suites Columbia–Greystone ....................... 134 Meeting Street Inn ..................................................... 135 Quality Inn at Town Center...................................... 136

Honeymoon & Travel ...................................................... 139 Planning the Perfect Honeymoon and Wedding Night ..................................................... 140 Honeymoon Checklist ............................................. 142 B & A Travel.............................................................. 143

Invitations and Addressing ........................................... 145 The Importance of Invitations ............................... 146 Invitations Check List .............................................. 148 Be My Guest .............................................................. 149 Robin Lindsay Fine Art & Design ............................. 150 xiii


Jewelry and Gifts .............................................................. 153 Choosing Quality Jewelry ........................................ 154 Choosing a Jeweler ................................................... 155

Music and Entertainment.............................................. 157 Setting the Tone with Music .................................... 158 Music and Entertainment Checklist........................ 160 Dan Kirsop Trumpet ................................................. 162

Photographers and Videographers ............................. 165 The Importance of Photography and Video........... 166 Photography and Video Checklist........................... 168 Chapin Portrait Studio.............................................. 170 Collin M Smith Portrait Photography....................... 171 Crystal Lee Photography............................................ 172 Jay Browne Photography ........................................... 173 Kuhn’s Photography................................................... 174 Lynn Cole Photography ............................................. 175 Timeless Memories Photography ............................... 176 Viewfinders Photography .......................................... 177

Your Rehearsal................................................................... 179 The Importance of Your Rehearsal.......................... 180 Rehearsal Checklist................................................... 181 Dataw Island Club .................................................... 182 Embassy Suites Columbia–Greystone........................ 183 Golf Club at Indigo Run............................................ 184

Transportation ................................................................ 187 The Best Transportation Ideas................................. 188 Transportation Checklist.......................................... 189 Absolutely Charleston ................................................ 190 PrimeTime Charleston .............................................. 191

The Ultimate Check List ................................................ 195 How to Use the Checklist......................................... 196 The Ultimate Checklist ............................................ 197

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Your Budget ....................................................................... 211 Wedding Costs .......................................................... 212 Traditional Breakdown of Costs.............................. 213 The Budget Spreadsheet........................................... 214

Your Worksheets ............................................................... 221 Appointment Calendar ............................................ 222 Important Names and Numbers ............................. 234 The Wedding Party................................................... 238 Guest Transportation and Travel ............................ 240 Thank You Lists ........................................................ 244

Bride’s Blue Pages Directory to South Carolina Businesses and Services ....................................... 249

Additional Resources ...................................................... 281 Additional Resource Suggestions............................. 282 South Carolina Bridal Shows................................... 283 The Bridal Soiree ....................................................... 285 Ordering Information .............................................. 286 Attention! Be in our next edition ............................. 287

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Your Engagement Congratulations! What an exciting time for you and your fiancé. Your engagement will be filled with excitement and anticipation of what is to come. Be sure to enjoy every moment including planning for the big day. You will always remember your engagement as well as the wedding day, so make it special for you both.

Length of Engagement The engagement is a period of time that allows the bride and groom to mentally adjust to spending a life together. There is no specific length of time you have to be engaged before getting married. For a more traditional wedding, the longer the engagement the better, so you have ample time to make the many necessary arrangements. Whether your ceremony to celebrate life’s greatest commitment is big or small, enjoy your period of engagement. It is a very special time for growing closer together and planning your future.

Announcing Your Engagement After you have discussed your marriage and adopted a shared vision for your big day, it is time to let people know about your good news. The usual order of announcement is, if you have children, to inform them first. If you don’t have children, your parents should be first (traditionally the bride’s parents first). It is important to inform both sets of parents as close in time as possible—you don’t want one family to feel left out. Then you can announce it to the rest of your family and close relatives. Next, tell your close friends who will participate in or attend your wedding. Once you make your personal announcements you may choose to make a formal one. Your family members and close friends should hear about your upcoming wedding directly from you, either by personal visit, phone call, or letter, and not learn second hand via the grapevine or from the newspaper. Traditionally, the groom’s family calls the bride’s family to welcome her to the family.

Formal Announcements There are several ways to make a formal wedding announcement. Many people choose to have an engagement party and others may simply choose to have a newspaper announcement. 1


The engagement party is a perfect time for your family to announce your engagement to their colleagues and relatives. It is also a good time to let all your co-workers and friends in on the big news. Frequently the bride’s parents, or other close relatives (or even friends) will hold an engagement party for the couple to honor their union. If you organize the party yourself, you may consider not announcing the purpose until your guests are present. Whoever hosts the party, it is best to make personal phone calls as an invitation so that guests do not feel they need to bring gifts. Newspaper announcements are an easy and formal way to let your community know about your union. If you choose to make a formal newspaper announcement, call the newspaper right away. Many newspapers have guidelines and a fee for announcements and can take months before they have space for it. You should place announcements in the couple’s area of residence newspaper and the hometown newspapers of the bride and groom’s parents.

Important Details to Remember If you decide to put your wedding date in your announcement, make sure that you have already confirmed your location and ceremony site. You may be surprised to learn that many places are booked months, even a year in advance, and you don’t want to make unnecessary last minute changes. Warning! You have announced to the world a date on which you will not be home. Ask someone to stay at your home during the wedding festivities. (Homes have been broken into during wedding celebrations and we have learned from the police that it is not unusual.) Take precautions.

Sample Newspaper Announcement Mr. and Mrs. Smith of Greenville (hometown) announce the engagement of their daughter, Joanne Marie, to Mr. John Jones, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jones of Los Angeles, California. A September wedding is planned.

For the couple hosting their own wedding Jill Palmer, Manager for ABC Company, is to be married in September to John Corwell, CEO of EFG Company, Ms. Palmer is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathan P. Palmer of Naples. Mr. Corwell is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Corwell of Sumter. If parents are divorced you may add “and” between the two parents names with their current full name and titles.

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Your Wedding Where to Start: Your Budget It is hard to accept that the most romantic day of a couple’s life should fit within a budget, but that is reality. Just because there is a limit on how much you can spend on your wedding, doesn’t mean it won’t be fabulous! Weddings are about love and sharing, qualities that can be demonstrated in inexpensive ways. Once you get all the money issues out of the way, you can concentrate on all the fun activities such as picking out food, testing cakes and trying on dresses! Unknown and hidden wedding expenses can get out of hand, which is the reason for a budget (and this guide book). It is important that you be realistic about what you can afford and what you want to spend. You can have a beautiful wedding and be cautious with your money. Budgets are different for every couple. Many couples pay for their own wedding, while others get support from their families. Either way, work this out first so you do not have any surprises when the bills come in. Debt and ill feelings about money dampen a romantic start to married life. Knowing your budget also allows you to be direct and up-front with the wedding service providers that you call. This will not only give them the price range to work within, but will allow them to give you their best service. Together you can come up with a plan that will make you smile from ear to ear (good practice for the photos!). The budget section in this book will give you an idea of what amount is typically spent on specific items and who traditionally pays for them. But as you will be continually reminded, this is your wedding; choose what works for you.

Begin Your Wedding Plans A wedding publicly expresses your love for each other by the bond of marriage. With your partner, discuss openly the type of wedding you both want. Be sensitive to each other’s concerns and wishes; together you can plan a wonderful wedding. Remember that your wedding is a reflection of you—it should not be formed to fit someone else’s standardized mold—which is the beauty and joy of being your own wedding planner.

Have a Clear Vision The best time for you and your fiancé to sit down and talk about your wedding visions is right after your engagement. Clarifying your expectations 3


is very important. It is an essential starting point for planning your wedding. It is amazing what you will learn about your partner during this process. You should come to an agreement about the wedding style and how to include each individual’s favorite things. Perhaps one of you may love music and feels that this is the top priority, while the other insists that the food is the premiere issue. Resolve these issues early, especially if they impact the budget. The fewer last-minute decisions that have to be made, the more relaxing and stress free the wedding will be. Be willing to compromise on issues that really aren’t all that important, and give lots of compliments to each other at this time. (And that’s good advice for all your married years.) Now that you have a general understanding about what your wedding will be like—the type of service, music, and time of day—you are ready to create your wedding outline. Write out a detailed outline! Continuously check back with your outline as you put details together, and make certain the plans fit your budget. Be sure your families, and the service provider(s) that you hire to help plan your wedding, understand your wedding vision. This way everyone involved can picture the type of wedding you want to reflect your future together.

Having Your Own Style Many couples have a basic understanding of what their wedding style will be, especially those brides that have known forever what their weddings will be like. It can be enormous fun to plan a gathering and have it radiate with your own personal touches. It is not often you get this opportunity, so make the most of it. If you are unsure of the wedding style you want, a little research will help. One of my favorite places to look at various styles is Martha Stewart Living, Special Wedding Issue. It visually displays up-to-date styles and it is an easy and inexpensive way to get great ideas. Many other bridal magazines have great ideas as well. A wedding consultant can also be a tremendous help. They have an endless supply of ideas, books and pictures of a variety of wedding styles. They can work with you on your outline and help you fill in all the missing pieces. The service provider(s) that you choose to work with can also help you determine your wedding style. If they have been in the wedding business a long time, they’ve seen many appealing styles. For example, the bakery will have pictures of cakes and the bridal shop will help you find the perfect dress. Remember, stick to your budget, it can be very easy to get carried away.

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Important Questions to Answer What Kind of Wedding Do You Want? It is very important that you and your fiancé talk about the type of wedding you want before you get your families involved. The wedding should be a reflection of your relationship and your individual styles. Do you want a traditional, casual, black tie formal, beach, garden setting or nature themed wedding? Do you want to get married in the summer, winter, spring or fall? Do you have a particular color scheme? Will it be a large group of people or a small gathering of close friends and family members? Think through all of these questions carefully before you start to put your plans together. How Involved Do You Want Your Families To Be? Every family situation is different. Discuss with your fiancé how much family involvement you want. If they are going to play a key role, ask them to help you plan the type of wedding you have already decided on. They probably will have some of their own suggestions; be understanding of their wishes, but do not compromise on something that is important to you or your fiancé. Most families have their share of strained or difficult relations. Your wedding is not the time for choosing sides or trying to make amends. Treat everyone courteously (and seat them apart if necessary), but do not compromise your wedding day. Who Will Pay For the Wedding? More frequently today, brides and grooms are paying for their own weddings. If your family wants to help you financially, it may be easier to give them specific ways to help. Whether it is a specific amount of money or a specific item, make sure to give them guidance so you are not in an uncomfortable situation later. Whether your family is financially helping with the wedding or not, parents want to share in your excitement. Keep them informed of your plans, especially if they live far away. Does Your Budget Match Your Vision? Weddings are great fun, but they can also be costly. According to numerous statistics, the average wedding cost in South Carolina is between $15,000 and $30,000. No matter what your budget, you can make your wedding special and something you will remember forever. The services listed in this book will help you determine costs and help you work within your budget.

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Will the Ceremony Encompass a Specific Religion or a Mix of Religions? Traditionally, weddings have a religious undertone. Even if religion is not significant to the marrying couple, you should resolve this matter with parents before the wedding plans are cemented. Religious protocol, if pertinent, can be established by working with an officiate of the relevant religions. If the religious figure you contact is insistent on controlling your wedding in a manner incongruous with your wishes, you may want to approach another. All priests (rabbis, ministers) are not the same, nor do they conduct marriage ceremonies in the exact same manner. Find an officiant that complements you and your spiritual needs. Any Special Family Traditions? Are there any family traditions that you can include in your ceremony to give it that special touch? Ask members of your family—better to find out before rather than after. Or even better yet, create a family tradition! Is the Bride Changing Her Name? It is the bride’s prerogative whether to change her name to the groom’s family name or not, and she should not be pressured by either family. If the bride is changing her name, get all the necessary forms together (insurance, driver’s license, bank accounts, social security, passport, credit cards) so that everything can be changed as soon as possible after the ceremony. Is Anyone Feeling Overburdened with Wedding Preparations? Ask to be certain no one is feeling overwhelmed or burned-out by wedding preparations. You may want to take time out together, maybe a weekend away, when wedding discussions and decisions become overwhelming. How Will You Resolve Conflicts Regarding the Wedding? When planning for your wedding, open and honest communication is crucial. Listen to each other’s needs and concerns while you plan for your big day. You are probably already very busy with your work, home and other obligations without the difficulties of planning a wedding. If you come to an impasse in planning, realize that you can get advice from a mutual friend, wedding planner, or someone who has traveled this road before.

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Things to Remember You and your fiancé are marrying each other, not your parents, not your friends or siblings. Include them, it’s very special for them too, but remember that this is your day. 

You both need to play an active role in the planning. Even if certain aspects of the wedding don’t matter much to you, realize that your partner cares and wants your approval and support. 

It is your wedding—plan it to fit your needs and desires. Everyone has some opinion of what you should do, if it matches yours, great, if not… 

During the planning stage of your wedding, you may get stressed, but remember you are blessed with each other and your wedding day will be the beginning of a wonderful life together. 

Planning your wedding will take time, lots of appointments and visits. Plan ahead for site visits and times to make calls. If you work on a small piece at a time you won’t feel so overwhelmed by the entire process. 

Everyone wants the wedding to be perfect, but remember this is not Fantasy Island and Tattoo is nowhere around. Things may go wrong. Don’t get consumed about the little things. Even if there are a few slip ups on big things, it’s not a catastrophe and the show will go on. If you are having a great time, everyone else will too. If you cry over the wine stain on your sleeve, guests will remember that too. Happiness is a choice, so is a fun wedding. 

A marriage is about love. Constantly display a relaxed and loving attitude throughout your wedding and everyone will remember it as a beautiful day.

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How to Plan Your Big Day Delegating Duties Now that you see all the tasks inherent in presiding over a successful wedding, and you have begun contacting some businesses, you might be asking, “How are we going to pull this off?” Anyone with experience in event planning, will tell you the two most important steps. The first is delegate, delegate, delegate. The second is check up, check up, check up. One of the best ways to delegate is to hire a consultant. Planning a wedding is a lot of work, and it really helps to have a professional on your side. A consultant makes sure everything falls into place. You can have them do as much or as little as you want. They will help you decide what is best for your wedding. If you choose not to hire a consultant, then make sure you delegate many of the duties. Just think of yourself as the coach of a baseball team; the team does most of the work but you are guiding the entire process. You and your key players will be following the same game plan if you all have a copy of this book. As this book previously advised, create a list of things for each person to do, meet with that person (or call them if they are not near), ask for their assistance and make sure they feel comfortable doing what you are asking of them. The easiest way to make sure all your bases are covered is to use this book’s Ultimate Check List. Next to each item (and the ones you add) put a person’s name who will be responsible for overseeing that item the day of the wedding. When your Check List is complete you can give everyone their own list of things to do.

A Planning Test Let us share a little secret to use when planning events to make sure everything is in place. Once you have completed all the arrangements, or think you have, run “the test” described below.

The Test Put yourself in the shoes of each person who has a different role, then in your mind, run through everything they have to do from start to finish. Every person, item, and activity should link. This will let you know if there is a missing link. 8


Example: A Guest at the Ceremony Guests will arrive at the church at 10:45 a.m.; they will park their car in the parking lot behind the church; they will enter the front of the building; they will be ushered to their seat; they will watch the ceremony; be handed birdseed packages on the way out the door; they will throw the birdseed at the couple; they will then go to the reception site and park in the lot next to the building.

Questions Is there ample parking at the reception site? Do ushers know where special guests are sitting? Is there a special side of the room for the groom and bride? Who is passing out the birdseed? Does the church allow birdseed? Does everyone know how to get to the reception? Who brings the flowers from the ceremony site to the reception?

Complete the Test As you can see, there is a lot to think about. You will need to run through the entire event several times. Every time you foresee a possible glitch, write yourself a note and then call the person in charge of that area to be sure he or she has addressed your concern.

Perform a Test For Every Group Do a test run-through for each of these groups: The guests at the ceremony, guests at the reception, bride through the whole day, groom through the whole day, entire reception outline, entire ceremony outline, attendants, father of the bride, relatives, your service providers and so on...

Make Sure You Use The Ultimate Checklist, Your Budget and Your Worksheets starting on page 195.

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Photo courtesy of Jay Browne Photography www.jaybrownephotography.com

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All About South Carolina South Carolina Weather and Sunsets You have no control over the weather; don’t let it control you either, just prepare for it. If you choose an outside wedding make sure you plan for all types of weather. It’s imperative that you reserve a tent far in advance. (See the category labeled “Decorations and Rental Items.”) The weather information below is from www.countrystudies.us.

Average Temperatures and Precipitation Charleston Area Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec High 57˚ 61˚ 68˚ 75˚ 82˚ 87˚ 90˚ 88˚ 84˚ 77˚ 68˚ 61˚ Low 37˚ 40˚ 47˚ 54˚ 62˚ 68˚ 72˚ 72˚ 67˚ 56˚ 47˚ 40˚ Precip. 3.5 3.3 4.3 2.7 4.0 6.4 6.8 7.3 4.7 2.9 2.5 3.3 (in inches)

Columbia Area Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec High 55˚ 58˚ 68˚ 76˚ 84˚ 88˚ 91˚ 90˚ 85˚ 76˚ 67˚ 58˚ Low 32˚ 34˚ 42˚ 48˚ 58˚ 66˚ 70˚ 68˚ 64˚ 50˚ 41˚ 34˚ Precip. 4.4 4.1 4.8 3.3 3.7 4.8 5.5 6.1 3.7 3.0 2.9 3.6 (in inches)

Greenville Area Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec High 50˚ 54˚ 64˚ 72˚ 78˚ 85˚ 88˚ 86˚ 81˚ 71˚ 62˚ 54˚ Low 30˚ 32˚ 38˚ 47˚ 56˚ 64˚ 68˚ 67˚ 61˚ 48˚ 40˚ 34˚ Precip. 4.1 4.4 5.4 3.9 4.4 4.8 4.6 4.0 4.0 4.0 3.7 4.1 (in inches)

Myrtle Beach Area Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec High 56˚ 58˚ 68˚ 75˚ 82˚ 87˚ 90˚ 88˚ 84˚ 76˚ 68˚ 58˚ Low 32˚ 35˚ 42˚ 50˚ 58˚ 66˚ 70˚ 70˚ 64˚ 52˚ 44˚ 36˚ Precip. 4.0 3.7 4.1 3.1 4.5 5.3 6.4 5.9 5.0 2.9 2.7 3.3 (in inches)

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Summer temperatures reach high 80’s to mid 90’s. Days are typically sunny and hot, not ideal for extended outdoor activity but beautiful for photographs. Light clothing for days and possibly sweaters or light jackets for evening during some months. It is important to remind your guests to protect themselves from too much exposure to the sun and to use plenty of sun block. The Autumn and Spring months have highs in the mid 60’s to mid 70’s with a variety of casual dress suitable.

Sunrises and Sunsets Sunrise and sunset times are different for each location and for the day of the year. Below are approximate eastern standard times. For sunrise and sunset times for a specific location and date, please visit www.almanac.com.

Calendar Year 2011 Sunrise Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Between 7:13 6:49 6:44 6:28 6:06 6:06 6:08 6:27 6:49 7:09 7:01 7:01 (a.m.) 7:20 7:12 7:05 7:03 6:27 6:08 6:26 6:48 7:09 7:33 7:34 7:20 Sunset Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Between 5:18 5:47 6:12 7:36 7:59 8:21 8:17 7:43 7:02 7:01 6:24 5:07 (p.m.) 5:46 6:16 7:35 7:58 8:20 8:30 8:30 8:16 7:42 6:25 5:08 5:18

Tides If you are planning a wedding ceremony on the beach, it is a good idea to visit several locations to decide the one best suited to your desires. It is also important to visit your selected beach destination throughout the day to determine what tidal levels you prefer for your big day. Since high and low tides vary by day of the month and between the north and south coasts of South Carolina, there are too many to list here. A great source for current and future tidal information is the website www.saltwatertides.com.

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South Carolina Marriage Requirements

Do we need a marriage license? Before your ceremony, you must obtain a South Carolina marriage license. There is a waiting period after the application is filed before the license can be picked up and the marriage can take place. This waiting period varies from county to county, so please contact the appropriate county probate judge at least a week before you plan to get married. The fee for a marriage license also varies from county to county and many only accept cash. See pages 15 and 16 for a list of the County Probate Judges and the marriage license fees or visit www.sccourts.org and search their database by county for more information. There is no expiration date for a South Carolina marriage license.

Do we need blood tests? You do not need a blood test.

Where do we get a marriage license and how much does it cost? The bride and groom must appear together at the office of a South Carolina county probate judge and file a written application. This application asks for the full name, social security number, age, and place of residence of the bride and the groom. It is a sworn statement that must be signed by the bride and the groom and then notarized in the office of the probate judge. Some probate judges require both the bride and groom to show their social security cards.

What if we are not South Carolina residents? There are no special requirements for non-residents. You must obtain a marriage license from one of the county probate judges. A marriage license from any county probate judge will allow you to be married anywhere within the state of South Carolina.

Who can get married in South Carolina? A man and a woman who are each at least 18 years old can marry in South Carolina. You must provide proof of age (valid driver’s license, original birth ceritficate or certified copy, current military ID card or current passport). For 13


other information regarding under the age of 18 and other restrictions, contact a county probate judge, see listing on the next page.

What if either of us has been married before? If you are a widow or widower, you are free to marry. You will be asked the date your spouse died. If you are divorced, you may remarry after the date on which your previous marriage is dissolved.

Can a marriage license be issued through the mail? Can we be married by proxy? No. A marriage license cannot be issued through the mail, and you cannot be married by proxy.

Is there a waiting period? The state of South Carolina requires the written marriage license application be filed twenty-four hours prior to the issuance of a marriage license.

Where can we get married? A South Carolina license is valid anywhere in South Carolina.

Who can marry us? Do we need witnesses? Only ministers of the Gospel or accepted Jewish rabbis and officers authorized to administer oaths in South Carolina are authorized to administer a marriage ceremony in South Carolina. South Carolina law does not require witnesses. If you are planning a religious ceremony, check with your church or synagogue to see if religious tenets require witnesses for your marriage.

What do we do with the license? What happens to it after the ceremony? A marriage license certificate is issued in triplicate to the bride and groom. The couple must provide them to the minister or officer who performs the wedding ceremony. The minister or officer who performs the wedding ceremony shall fill them out as required by law and deliver one copy to the bride and groom, without additional charge, and the other two copies, within fifteen days, to the probate court judge who issued the license certificates.

How do we get a copy of our marriage certificate? The minister or officer who performs the wedding ceremony shall fill them out as required by law and deliver one copy to the bride and groom, without additional charge. 14


List of County Probate Judges County

Judge Name

Office Telephone

License Fee

Abbeville

Mark Sumner

(864) 366-5312

$40

Aiken

Sue H. Roe

(803) 642-2001

$45*

Allendale

Brenda P. Bennett

(803) 584-3157

$32

Anderson

Martha D. Newton

(864) 260-4049

$46*

Bamberg

Nancy H. Green

(803) 245-3008

$45*

Barnwell

Branna Woodward Williams

(803) 541-1032

$32*

Beaufort

Francis M. Simon

(843) 470-5319

$50 to $95

Berkeley

Keith W. Kornahrens

(843) 719-4519

$50*

Calhoun

Frederick W. Robinson

(803) 874-3514

$45

Charleston Cherokee

Irvin G. Condon Joshua L. Queen

(843) 958-5180 (864) 487-2583

$70 $30 ($50 NR)

Chester

Lois H. Roddey

(803) 385-2604

$45*

Chesterfield

Edwin M. Davis

(843) 623-2376

$50

Clarendon

Kathy L. Geddings

(803) 435-8774

$45

Colleton

I. A. Smoak, III

(843) 549-7216

$40

Darlington

Marvin I. Lawson

(843) 398-4310

$50

Dillon

Gwen T. Hyatt

(843) 774-1423

$45

Dorchester

Mary L. Blunt

(843) 832-0105

$40

Edgefield

Robert E. Peeler

(803) 637-4076

$35

Fairfield

Pamela W. Renwick

(803) 712-6519

$30

Florence

W. Kenneth Eaton

(843) 665-3085

$25

Georgetown

Waldo A. Maring

(843) 545-3274

$40

Greenville

Debora A. Faulkner

(864) 467-7170

$35

Greenwood

Frank R. Addy, Jr.

(864) 942-8625

$25

Hampton

Sheila Odom

(803) 914-2172

$35

Horry

Deirdre W Edmonds

(843) 915-5370

$50 to $100

Jasper

Joseph N. Malphrus, Jr.

(843) 726-7719

$50

Kershaw

Harriett S. Pierce

(803) 425-1503

$45

Lancaster

Sandra S. Estridge

(803) 283-3379

$45

Laurens

Kaye W. Fridy

(864) 984-7315

$45

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List of County Probate Judges (continued) County

Judge Name

Office Telephone

License Fee

Lee

Catherine F. Harris

(803) 484-5341

$30

Lexington

Daniel R. Eckstrom

(803) 785-8324

$30*

McCormick

Ronnie D. Kidd

(864) 852-2630

$30

Marion

T. Carroll Atkinson, III

(843) 423-8244

$30*

Marlboro

Mark Heath

(843) 479-5610

$50*

Newberry

Kelly Baker Nobles

(803) 321-2118

$45

Oconee

Sandra Burgess Orr

(864) 638-4275

$25

Orangeburg

Pandora Jones-Glover

(803) 533-6280

$40

Pickens

Kathy P. Zorn

(864) 898-5903

$35*

Richland

Amy W. McCulloch

(803) 576-1997

$40*

Saluda

Brenda S. Griffith

(864) 445-4500

$45

Spartanburg

Ponda A. Caldwell

(864) 596-2556

$45

Sumter

Dale Atkinson

(803) 436-2166

$45

Union

Donna P. Cudd

(864) 429-1625

$30

Williamsburg Rudell M. Gamble

(843) 355-9321

$25

York

(803) 684-8513

$40

John P. Gettys

*Please note that these counties only accept cash.

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South Carolina Guest Considerations Entertaining Guests South Carolina weddings provide an extra attraction for out-of-town guests. Your guests will witness two special people getting married in a state that is known throughout the world for its beautiful beaches and old world charm. Make a list of all the fun things to do and see in the area or include local brochures with specific activities. It is easier to provide your guests with things to do than to continually entertain them while you get ready for the big day. Plan specific outings or wedding events with your guests making them feel welcome without tying up your whole schedule. They understand that you have a lot to accomplish. Do what you can to see them, but don’t give yourself a guilty conscience if you can’t cater to their every moment.

Plan Ahead for Accommodations Anywhere you plan a wedding, you need to consider accommodations for guests. South Carolina has a wonderful selection of B&B’s, inns, resorts and hotels, as you will see in the Banquet and Reception Site and Guest Accomodations sections of this book. Send your guests a list containing a range of prices and places to stay. Consider sending out the accommodations list far before your invitations go out. Many South Carolina destinations, especially during peak seasons, are booked six to twelve months in advance. It might make sense for you to reserve a block of rooms and allocate them for guests who you want to stay together and also who may not have realized the necessity of making far-in-advance reservations.

Adding a Vacation Guests may take a vacation in conjunction with your wedding. They could be in town the entire week before or after your wedding. It would be helpful if you gave them lodging suggestions and a list of things to do so that their vacation does not become your responsibility. Call the Chamber of Commerce (see listing on next page) in the area that you are planning to wed and ask for the list of upcoming events. Your guests will be impressed and appreciative when you send this information.

A Few Things to Do in South Carolina Visit one or more of the many museums, miles of beaches, fun festivals or lovely, picturesque gardens. Want a little more activity? Enjoy fishing, biking, hiking, boating, antiquing, sight seeing, kayaking, canoeing, sailing, or shopping—you name it, South Carolina probably has it. Pick an area that has those activities which are important to you and your guests. 17


South Carolina Chambers of Commerce

South Carolina Chamber of Commerce 1201 Main Street, Suite 1700 Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 799-4601 www.scchamber.net

Barnwell County Chamber of Commerce 367 Fuldner Road, P.O. Box 898 Barnwell, SC 29812 (803) 259-7446 www.barnwellcountychamber.org

Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce 930 Richland Street Columbia, SC 29201 (803) 733-1110 www.columbiachamber.com

Beaufort County Chamber of Commerce 1106 Carteret Street, PO Box 910 Beaufort, SC 29901 (843) 525-8500 www.beaufortchamber.org

Greater Abbeville Chamber of Commerce 107 Court Square Abbeville, SC 29620 (864) 366-4600 www.visitabbevillesc.com

Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce 1004 Old Highway 52 Moncks Corner, SC 29461 (843) 761-8238 or (800) 882-0337 www.berkeleysc.org

Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce 121 Richland Ave. E., P.O. Box 892 Aiken, SC 29802 (803) 641-1111 www.aikenchamber.net

Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce Courthouse Annex, Ste. 114 Saint Mattews, SC 29135 (803) 655-5650 www.calhouncountychamber.org

Allendale County Chamber of Commerce P.O. 517 Allendale, SC 29810 (803)-584-0082 www.allendalecountychamber.com

Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce 4500 Leeds Ave., Suite 100 North Charleston, SC 29405 (843) 577-2510 www.charlestonchamber.net

Bamberg County Chamber of Commerce 604 Airport Road Bamberg, SC 29003 (803) 245-4427 www.bambergcountychamber.org 18

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce 225 S. Limestone Street Gaffney, SC 29340 (864) 489-5721 www.cherokeechamber.org


South Carolina Chambers of Commerce

Chester County Chamber of Commerce 109 Gadsden Street P.O. Box 489 Chester, SC 29706 (803) 581-4142 www.chesterchamber.com Darlington County Chamber of Commerce 38 Public Square Darlington, SC 29532 (843) 393-2641 www.darlingtonchamber.sc Dorchester, Orangeburg & Berkeley Tri-County Regional Chamber of Commerce 225 Parler Avenue St. George, SC 29477 (843) 563-9091 www.tri-crcc.com Edgefield County Chamber of Commerce 416 Calhoun Street Johnston, SC 29832 (803) 275-0010 www.edgefieldcountychamber.org Fairfield County Chamber of Commerce 100 Congress Street Winnsboro, SC 29180 (803) 635-4242 www.fairfieldchamber.sc

Greater Florence Chamber of Commerce 610 W Palmetto St. Florence, SC 29501 (843) 665-0515 www.florencescchamber.com Georgetown County Chamber of Commerce 531 Front Street Georgetown, SC 29440 (843) 546-8436 or (800) 777-7705 www.georgetownchamber.com Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce 24 Cleveland Street Greenville, SC 29601 (864) 242-1050 or (866) 485-5262 www.greenvillechamber.org Greenwood County Chamber of Commerce 110 Phoenix Street, P.O. Box 980 Greenwood, SC 29648 (864) 223-8431 www.greenwoodscchamber.org Hampton County Chamber of Commerce P. O. Box 122 Hampton, SC 29924 (803) 943-3784 Hilton Head Island - Bluffton Chamber of Commerce 1 Chamber Drive Hilton Head Island, SC 29928 (843) 785-3673 www.hiltonheadisland. org/chamber-of-commerce 19


South Carolina Chambers of Commerce

Greater Irmo Chamber of Commerce 1248 Lake Murray Boulevard Irmo, SC 29063 (803) 749-9355 www.greaterirmochamber.com Jasper County Chamber of Commerce 451 B East Wilson St PO Box 1267 Ridgeland, SC 29936 (843) 726-8126 www.jaspercountychamber.com Kershaw County Chamber of Commerce 607 South Broad Street P.O. Box 605 Camden, SC 29020 (803) 432-2525 or (800) 968-4037 www.kershawcountychamber.org Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce 453 Colonial Ave. P.O. Box 430 Lancaster, SC 29721 (803) 283-4105 www.lancasterchambersc.org Laurens County Chamber of Commerce PO Box 248 Laurens, SC 29360 (864) 833-2716 www.laurenscounty.org

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Lee County Chamber of Commerce 219 North Main Street P.O. Box 187 Bishopville, SC 29010 (803) 484-5145 www.leecountychambersc.com Greater Lexington County Chamber of Commerce 321 South Lake Dr. Lexington, SC 29072 (803) 359-6113 www.lexingtonsc.org Marion Chamber of Commerce 209 E. Bobby Gerald Pkwy P.O. Box 840 Marion, SC 29571 (843) 423-3561 www.marionscchamber.com McCormick County Chamber of Commerce 100 South Main St. PO Box 938 McCormick, SC 29835 (864) 852-2835 www.mccormickscchamber.org Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce 1200 N. Oak Street Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 (843) 626-7444 or (800) 356-3016 www.myrtlebeachareachamber.com


South Carolina Chambers of Commerce

Newberry County Chamber of Commerce 1109 Main Street P.O. Box 396 Newberry, SC 29108 (803) 276-4274 www.newberrycounty.org/chamber.html Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce 155 Riverside Drive S.W. P.O. Box 328 Orangeburg, SC 29116 (803) 534-6821 or (800) 545-6153 www.orangeburgchamber.com Greater Pickens County Chamber of Commerce 222 West Main Street P.O. Box 153 Pickens, SC 29671 (864) 878-3258 www.pickenschamber.org Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce P.O. Box 1636 Spartanburg, SC 29304 (864) 594-5000 www.spartanburgchamber.com

Greater Sumter County Chamber of Commerce 32 East Calhoun Street Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 775-1231 www.sumterchamber.com Union County Chamber of Commerce 135 West Main Street Union, SC 29379 (864) 427-9039 www.unionsc.info/ Williamsburg Hometown Chamber 130 E. Main St. PO Box 696 Kingstree, SC 29556 (843) 355-6431 www.williamsburgsc.org York County Regional Chamber of Commerce 116 E. Main St., P.O. Box 590 Rock Hill, SC 29730 803-324-7500 www.yorkcountychamber.com

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BANQUET AND RECEPTION SITES

Photo courtesy of Jay Browne Photography www.jaybrownephotography.com

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Reception Sites Map

Upstate–Greenville Area

Grand Strand– Myrtle Beach Area

Central–Columbia Area

Charleston Area Hilton Head Island– Beaufort Area

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How to Plan Your Reception

Researching Reception Sites Choosing a location for your reception is one of the first items on your list. The waiting list for some of the most popular wedding reception sites can be a year or more. Even renting an elegant tent for an outdoor wedding can require lengthy advance notice. Don’t delay. Once you start your wedding plans, start arranging for your reception site! During your site research, ask what their available dates are; if none of their dates work for you, even if they are otherwise perfect, you’ll have to move on. This underscores the importance of early planning. The variety of reception sites is amazing, ranging from casual to very elegant. Work within your budget to find the site that is right for you. You’ll save a lot of time when researching reception sites if you confirm when they are available and get an idea of their setting before you set out on a visit. Be sure to call ahead and set up a time they can meet with you. Thoroughly reviewing a site takes a lot of time from you and the proprietor. It would be sad if you drove a long distance to see a place and the proprietors were too busy. It is essential that you visit the location you are considering for your reception site. This is a decision you don’t want someone else to make for you. If you have decided on a beach ceremony and/or reception, it is important to visit the actual beach location where you plan to share your vows. You should plan on spending the day or at least visiting at different times so that you are fully aware of how the beach looks at different stages in the tidal range. Since high and low tides vary by day of the month and between the north and south coasts of South Carolina, there are too many to list here. A great source for current and future tidal information is the website www.saltwatertides.com.

Choosing a Site Choosing a location has everything to do with the size, style and type of wedding you want. Therefore, have a fairly clear image of the wedding you want before making site commitments. South Carolina has a wonderful selection of wedding reception sites. Many businesses listed in this chapter have years of experience working on a variety of wedding styles. After you have visited a site and determined that it is what you want, ask 25


the proprietors for references from other weddings. Envision hundreds of your closest friends and relatives attending your wedding there. If the picture feels good, if they have treated you well, if the references check out, and if you have gone over all the questions in this chapter, you are ready to sign an agreement. When you are looking over a contract, read everything. Make sure the services you requested are listed, if they aren’t, discuss it. Keep a copy of all the signed contracts.

Questions to Ask These questions will help you determine if the reception site is right for you. Many wedding sites can also handle your reception needs, including the meal, drinks, linens, servers, etc. If you decide to do an off-site reception, such as in a park or a personal home, you will need to work with rental companies, decorating businesses and catering services. On-Site Reception Questions

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Is our date available?

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What are your fees and how does your payment plan work?

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How many people can your location accommodate? Seated and standing? Can we set up a site visit? Do you have a wedding coordinator on staff? What is your decorating style? Your ambiance? What amenities are included with your reception location? What menus are available? What is the price range for your meals? Does that include tax and tips? Are there any extra charges? Is there a dance floor? How long do we have the room for? Can we extend it the day of our event if necessary? Do you have rooms available for guests? Are there any restrictions? Are there additional items we need to consider?


Off-Site Reception Location

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Is our date available?

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What are your fees and how does your payment plan work?

How many people can your location accommodate? Seated and standing? Can we set up a site visit? Do you have a wedding coordinator on staff? What amenities are included with your reception location? Are there any extra charges? Is there a dance floor? How long do we have the space for? Can we extend it the day of our event if necessary? Do you have rooms available for guests? What are the liquor requirements? Where are the electric outlets? Is overhead coverage available in case of rain? May we set up a tent? Are there any restrictions? Are there additional items we need to consider? Are the rest room facilities adequate? Who is responsible for trash and clean up? Do you have a list of providers that have worked this site before?

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Reception Check List The list below are the items you will need to consider for a reception (on or off-site). Put a check next to the ones that are taken care of by the reception site. It is important to know if there is an extra charge for any of the items listed or if it is part of the package. If you are doing an off-site wedding, then your caterer will handle a lot of the list. You will need to call a rental service to have them help you with the rest.

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Tables

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Rest room

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Chairs and chair covers Table linens Napkins (linens only) Flatware China Glassware (do not use plastic) Dance floor and musician area Electrical outlets for D.J. or band Coat room Centerpieces Head table Cake table Cake cutting Cake serving Gift table Bar set up Bartender

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Hors d’oeuvres

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Table cards

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Other

Main meal (buffet or sit down) Coffee and tea Wedding cake Gifts for guests Beverage and food servers Flowers Decorations Bathroom baskets (mints, hair spray, comb, etc) Guest book and pen Parking Tent Place for bride and groom to change for “going away” Other Other Other


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The Perfect Place to Say “I DO” in Myrtle Beach! Nestled on the southern end of Myrtle Beach, Crown Reef Resort offers the utmost in accommodations and amenities for your perfect wedding day! The large oceanfront gazebo is the ideal setting to promise your vows to one another, providing panoramic views of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean. With a Conference Center of over 11,000 square feet, Crown Reef is able to accommodate wedding ceremonies, receptions, and rehearsal dinners of all sizes. A variety of packages are available, which include a ceremony in the oceanfront gazebo (backup space is included), cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres, deluxe buffet dinner, and a complimentary night stay in an oceanfront king Jacuzzi suite for the bride and groom, with breakfast buffet the following morning. Also included are special wedding linen, white padded folding chairs, and centerpieces. As optional items, choose from a flowing chocolate fountain, cheese and fruit displays, or a stunning ice sculpture. Crown Reef is home to the most dedicated Wedding Specialist and Catering Team on the Grand Strand, who will furnish you with discounted rates to the best photographers, DJs, florists, bakeries, and ministers in the area. Begin the next chapter of your journey together with a day filled with Southern Elegance at the Crown Reef Resort! 31

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Dataw Island Club 100 Dataw Club Road St. Helena Island, SC 29920 (843) 838-8428 • www.dataw.org

Where dreams are just a reality away… • Rehearsal Dinners • Bridal Luncheons • On-Site Weddings • Receptions Once an 18th century plantation, Dataw Island today is a secluded and gated 870-acre oasis surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and lush tidal marshes. Dataw Island, located just east of the antebellum town of Beaufort, South Carolina, is situated in the heart of the Lowcountry, between the cities of Savannah and Charleston. Our 5,000 square foot Carolina Ballroom provides accommodations for up to 250, while our Tabby Room is perfect for smaller gatherings of up to 50 guests. Both facilities overlook the marshes of Jenkins Creek, Cotton Dike golf course and croquet lawns. Our Catering Director is your personal assistant and will provide the information and expertise needed to make your event a success. Her attention to detail coupled with the club’s gracious ambience make the Dataw Island Club the preferred choice for both large and small gatherings. Offering panoramic views of Jenkins Creek and manicured gardens, our professional catering team awaits you. Contact Ann Brown, Director of Catering at (843) 838-8428 or datawcaters@islc.net to explore the timeless possibilities.

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Weddings at Furman A world apart rehearsals . weddings . receptions FOR INFORMATION Contact Furman University Conference & Events Services at 864.294.2390 or visit us online at <www furman.edu/ces>.

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at Indigo Run 101 Berwick Drive, Hilton Head, South Carolina 29926 (843) 689-3500 â&#x20AC;˘ thegolfclub-indigorun.com

Memories Start with Your Most Important Day Behind the gates of Indigo Run lies a little-known piece of paradise called The Golf Club. A private golf community, The Golf Club features party space for 3 or 300. Casual elegance typifies your surroundings accented by the Nicklaus/Nicklaus golf course and moss draped oaks. The wraparound veranda and covered deck allow a nice flow of guests inside and out. Whether a cocktail reception or five-course dinner with matching wines, The Golf Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certified Chef will design a menu for each unique function. With the exceptional service, unrivaled surrounds, and professionals guiding your event, you are surely to have wonderful memories of Your Most Important Day Call now, and start designing your special day

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434 Columbiana Drive, Columbia, SC 29212

www.columbiaharbison.stayhgi.com (803) 407 – 6640 877 – STAY - HGI

The Hilton Garden Inn…making your dreams a reality! Whether it is your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding ceremony, reception or morning after brunch, let the Hilton Garden Inn take care of everything for you. Located two miles from Lake Murray and close to the Columbiana Centre Mall, you will find our 3,500 square foot banquet room can accommodate small and large celebrations with ease. We encourage you and your guests to come early and stay a few extra days to enjoy our well appointed guest rooms, indoor pool , on-site restaurant and all that greater Columbia has to offer.

Everything right where you need it! To book your wedding reception, group reservation block, or to schedule a tour contact our sales department today.

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WE NOW PRONOUNCE YOUR WEDDING BREATHTAKING. We are dedicated to helping you realize the wedding of your dreams.

Please call Joan Pinckney, our Wedding Specialist @ (803) 744 – 6917. Special “Rooms Only Rates” are available

From $99/night Columbia Marriott Columbia, SC To reserve your room, call 1-800-MARRIOTT or visit Marriott.com Rates are per room, per night, based on availability, not available for groups of 10 or more rooms.

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THE GREATER COLUMBIA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

2,100 square feet of luxurious carpet, silk draperies at each of the eleven over sized windows, recess ceiling lights and ceiling sound system. Furniture includes twelve sixty inch round oak tables, five oak 8 ft. rectangular tables, six oak 6 ft. rectangular tables and 100 chairs. This facility can accommodate up to 95 people seated and 250 standing. Adjacent foyer with elegant staircase, beautiful decorated large seated area. The Palmetto Room and foyer are perfect for wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners showers and bridal lunches.

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Beautiful Beginnings Start at Summit Pointe The most important feature to consider when choosing a location is the knowledge and care of the professionals who will assist in the coordination of your most important event. Our staff is thoroughly trained to provide comprehensive planning support, whether your function requires customized menus or special set-ups to ensure that your day is as special as it deserves to be.

When planning for business or pleasure, make Summit Pointe your first choice for Memorable Meetings and Events

S Summit Pointe Meeting & Events Center 805 Spartan Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29301 877-477-0477 â&#x20AC;˘ 864-699-7866 â&#x20AC;˘ info@summit-pointe.com

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How To Look Your Best

Beauty for a wedding can mean different things to different people. For the bride it may mean the perfect hair style, makeup and dress on her wedding day. For the groom it may mean losing a few pounds and gaining muscle. Many people use a wedding as they do the New Year, a time for new resolutions. Looking your best is an integral part of your wedding and you can achieve this outcome by taking the following steps.

Taking Care of Yourself If a healthy diet and sufficient sleep are not part of your regular day, make this important to you at least two months before your wedding. Take care of yourself, when things start to get busy, you’ll need the extra energy. There are numerous good books on healthy eating and exercise programs, or go to a gym and have a trainer start you on a program. Your engagement is a perfect time to start an exercise program and a healthy lifestyle.

Medical Tests and Travel Requirements South Carolina law does not require any blood tests, but if you are traveling abroad for your honeymoon, make sure you know if there are any requirements for shots.

Beauty Consultations Your wedding is a perfect time to get treated like a star. You are going to have a gorgeous gown, a beautiful reception, and you want the perfect hair and makeup to accompany these. Make an appointment with specialists, one for hair and one for makeup, to discuss your upcoming wedding. First find out what their policies are on consultations. You may want to consult with a couple of salons before you make your selections, thereby you may incur an extra fee. But it’s worth it to find the right place and person. If you choose to do your hair and makeup yourself, make sure that you have the time to do it right the morning of your wedding. Perhaps you don’t regularly wear makeup, but it makes a huge difference in photographs. Practice your makeup in advance. You certainly do not want any surprises the day of your wedding. It is worth applying it and to have a professional or a friend who is good at it to help you. Make sure your makeup is applied in natural light. 46


Two Weeks Before Your Wedding Getting a massage and a facial are pure luxuries, but ones that you deserve. A facial will help prepare your face for the big day and a massage will relax and prepare your body. It is important that you do not schedule these too close to your wedding day just in case your face reacts to a facial. Massages help clean the toxins out of your body and it’s best to give your body a few days to process these toxins out of your system.

The Day Before Your Wedding This is the best day for the bride and bridal party to schedule a manicure and pedicure—there is less time between them and the wedding to mess them up. If you are treating your bridesmaids to a manicure, consider scheduling it with them so you can spend time together. This is a good time for the groom to consider a trim for his hair.

The Day of Your Wedding You should know when all your appointments are and how long they will take. It is important that you have a good breakfast, snack on healthy food, and drink plenty of water. Give yourself enough time to get to all your appointments. Make sure that you are not rushed getting to the church on time; extreme anxiety and beauty will compete for a place on your face. It is not a good idea to delay weddings, this is the one time it is not fashionable to be late, especially if your reception must begin at a specific time.

Beauty Check List Bring all the necessary equipment, such as makeup, hair sprays and brushes, nylons, safety pins, mirrors and blow dryer, to your final preparation site. If some of the items will be going on the honeymoon with you, make sure that you put them in a separate bag and get it back to your luggage. Have someone be in charge of all your things and get them to the proper place—your thoughts will be elsewhere.

Bathroom Check List It is a nice touch to have baskets in the bathroom with special beauty needs. The men’s basket can have mints, mouthwash, combs, hair gel and Kleenex. The women’s basket can have mints, mouthwash, combs, gel, hair spray, Kleenex, feminine supplies and safety pins. These baskets will come in handy and show that you have planned for every detail. If you are planning an outdoor wedding, be sure to have some insect repellent available.

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BRIDAL ATTIRE , FORMAL WEAR & ACCESSORIES

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Your Style of Wedding Attire

The Overall Style Choosing attire plays a huge role in your overall wedding plans. The bride’s gown, the attendants’ dresses, the groom’s and ushers’ formal wear and the mothers’ dresses all set the stage. The type of wedding you are having and your color scheme determine attire. It is hard to pick out a dress without knowing if it is a casual summer wedding or an evening black-tie reception. Once you determine that, everything will flow into place. Remember, when choosing a bridal gown designer, a bridal shop or a formal wear store for your wedding attire, always make sure you feel comfortable with what they have to offer, their references and how they treat you. This is your wedding and you want to make sure everything feels right, including the businesses with whom you work.

The Bridal Gown Once you have decided on the formality of your wedding, you need to select a gown. There are hundreds of gowns shown in the popular bridal magazines. Bridal shops also have books for you to look at and hundreds of dresses to try on. Get a feeling for styles that appeal to you before you start physically searching for the gown. You will need to try lots of dresses on, not only to determine a great style, but also to find one that fits your body. Bridal shops and dressmakers will help you find a style that compliments your body and your features. Start looking at dresses right away. If you order one, or have it made, it could take up to six months, not including the alterations. If time is an issue, bridal shops and dressmakers can help you find a dress that they have in stock or one that is easy to order or make. There are many good reasons to have a dress custom made. You may want to design your own dress, or you have looked for the perfect dress but can’t find it, or you have found the perfect dress but it is way out of your price range. Whatever your reason, there are talented dressmakers that can make your preferred dress from a picture. Make sure you have tried on a similar dress to see if it is truly the look you want and if it flatters you. If possible, leave the gown at the seamstress or bridal shop after alterations. They have the facilities to take care of the dress and ensure it is pressed. Have someone in charge of picking up the dress and delivering it the day before the wedding. 56


Things to Consider When Choosing a Dress Your budget, the dress ordering timeline, fittings and alterations, your style, the time of year for the wedding and the formality of your wedding, are all considerations when choosing a dress. Make sure when you determine the cost of the dress that you include the alterations, fittings, and any other incidentals, such as the petticoat underneath, a slip, a bra, nylons, etc. Are you comfortable with the dress arrival date, length of time for alterations and their cancellation policy? Ask for references before purchasing your dress, it is important to know what previous brides’ experiences have been.

Important Do not attempt to clean or iron your own dress or headpiece. The delicate fabrics will not handle regular washing and ironing. If you need to have your dress or head piece pressed, bring them back to the place you purchased them and ask them to do it. Once your wedding is over you can have your dress professionally cleaned.

The Bride’s Attendants Style Choose the bride’s attendants’ dresses in the same manner as the gown itself. Consider the season, the colors of the wedding and the formality of the reception. If it is a brunch wedding on a sunny summer day, your attendants’ dresses should reflect that. If you have them in black-tie attire for a day wedding, it may seem a little out of place. If a number of people in your wedding will have the same dress, make sure the dress will flatter them all. Variations of the dress—same fabric, different style—might be the way to go. Even though it is the bride’s choice, it is important that the attendants are happy with their dresses. Be conscious of the costs, it is important that you do not put your closest friends and family members in debt. Remember that on top of traveling costs they have to buy shoes, the dress, accessories, and a gift for you. Businesses that sell formal attire will have books depicting a variety of dresses and will be helpful in selecting dresses that fit your occasion. Look carefully and choose what you want; do not be pressured into a certain dress or style and later regret it.

Size and Logistics Once you choose the attendants’ dresses, then you need to make sure your attendants get fitted with sufficient time to have any alterations completed. Get your attendants’ exact measurements and regular dress size. You can either send them the dresses for alterations or have the attendants get them done at your dress shop. Be sure to give them lots of lead time. 57


The Groom and Attendants’ Attire The groom will pick out his attire and the attire of his attendants. It is important that the groom understand the style of the wedding and choose his outfit accordingly. For example, at an evening formal wedding, a black tuxedo may be the best choice. The bride may want to go along with the groom to help in the selection. Well dressed men add an element of class to any wedding—in addition to looking very handsome. The groom may want to wear something slightly different to distinguish himself from his attendants. Just an added vest or a different cut jacket may be enough to be unique.

Size and Logistics Once you have decided whether to purchase or rent, you will be able to work with your attendants on the fittings and sizings. If you are renting, you should make sure that the style you are renting is available for your wedding day and that the delivery service fits your needs. You will want to secure your rentals as soon as possible after the bride’s attire has been chosen. The rental or formal wear shop will have a list of their sizing requirements. The groom’s attendants should take their relevant measurements and give this information to the groom. The groom will then reserve the formal wear. If you have any special orders or fitting needs, confirm this in advance.

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Choosing a Service for Bridal Wear How long does it take to order the gown? Are alterations an extra cost? Do you carry accessories for the gown? Will you deliver the gown? What are your deposit and cancellation policies? Can you special order a gown of my choosing?

Having a Gown Made Can you design a gown from a picture? Do you charge a set fee or by the hour? What are your fabric costs? How long does it take to make a gown? Are alterations an extra cost? What are your deposit and cancellation policies?

Bridal Attendantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Formal Wear Are the dresses we want in stock? How long does it take to order? What are your measurement requirements? Do you do alterations? Will you deliver or ship dresses? Can you do special orders for specific dresses? What are your deposit and cancellation policies?

Groom and Attendantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Formal Wear Are your styles in stock? How far in advance do we order? How do you do fittings for out-of-town groomsmen? When should measurements be in? Do you have a delivery service? What are your pick-up and drop off policies? How many days does the rental fee cover? What are your deposit, cancellation and damage policies? Can you do last minute alterations?

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Magnolia Bridal & Formal Wear 318 Main Street Conway, SC 29526 (843) 248 - 6777

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We can help make your wedding day look, feel and be perfectâ&#x20AC;Ś Magnolia Bridal & Formal Wear is a full service salon carrying all the latest bridal fashions and accessories including the latest style of tuxedos & bridesmaidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dresses.

Quality at great prices Wonderful fabrics Elegant gowns On-site alterations Full stock at all times A size for everyone (Sizes 0 to 30) In-store Tuxedo rentals and off-site Inventory Friendly, helpful assistance Since 1982, Magnolia Bridal & Formal Wear has provided everything to make all the special people at your wedding look their very best! store hours Mon-Fri 10:00 to 5:30 Sat 10:00 to 3:00

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Cake Choices

How to Choose a Wedding Cake Here we are, at the tastiest part of the planning, the wedding cake. The wedding cake should reflect the bride and groom’s style and their sweet future together. Choosing a wedding cake can be one of the most enjoyable parts of the planning. The style and look of your cake are just two of the many things to consider when choosing the perfect cake. In choosing a wedding cake you must consider the flavor of the cake and topping, the size of the cake, how many guests will it feed, how large will the pieces be, the decorations and how will it be served. One option more commonly available today is substituting cup cakes in lieu of a large cake. This allows for a variety of flavors and colors.

Choosing a Baker When talking to bakeries about creating your cake, have a basic idea of the size and formality of your wedding. The style and flavor of cake will vary depending on the structure of the cake and the number of people you want to serve. The most common flavor is a vanilla cake with a buttercream frosting. Other favorites are carrot cakes, spice cakes, marble cakes and chocolate cakes. Purchasing other types, such as cream or fruit filled, may depend on the size of your wedding. More delicate cakes may not hold up if you want a large tiered cake. Many bakeries will not only show you a portfolio of cakes they have created, they will ask you to sample some of their specialties. You can have a beautiful cake and a tasty one too if you choose the right baker. Be sure to ask how they create the cake, how long in advance it is prepared and if they freeze it. Once again, ask for references.

Groom’s Cake Originally intended to be a gift from the bride to the groom, the groom’s cake is usually designed with a more masculine feel, with a recent trend toward designs that incorporate a groom’s special interests or hobby. Where the bride’s cake may have flowers, ribbons, lace and other feminine touches, the groom’s cake should not. The groom’s cake is not essential, however, they are often used as dessert at the rehearsal dinners or with fun and imaginative packaging, slices can serve as your wedding favors. If you chose to have a groom’s cake for your wedding day and not at the rehearsal dinner, it should be displayed next to the bride’s cake (wedding cake). 66


Logistics Once you choose a baker you will want to make sure that you coordinate all the logistics with them. If you are having fresh flowers on the cake, will they work with the florist? How and when will the cake arrive at the reception site? Does it need to be refrigerated? How long can it be in the sun or heat? Who will serve the cake? Do you have serving utensils? Do you plan to garnish the cake with anything? Can we bring the top of the cake home for our first year anniversary? All these questions need to be addressed well in advance of the wedding day.

Choosing a Baker Do you have a portfolio of your cakes? Do you have references? Can we test a cake? What are your specialties? How big are the pieces to be served? How will you charge for the cake, for the whole or by the piece? Will there be delivery and set up charges? Who will contact the florist if necessary? What are your deposit and cancellation policies?

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Having Your Reception Catered

If the location hosting your wedding does not provide the food, and/or allows you to provide for your own, deciding to use a caterer is a wise choice. Caterers not only provide a wide menu selection, but their service and presentation also plays a major role in your reception. With this in mind, you can find a caterer that fits your budget and culinary needs.

Facility Considerations When choosing a caterer there are many things to consider. The caterer must not only fit your culinary needs but your facility needs. If you are having an outdoor wedding, the caterer will have to provide the equipment to refrigerate and heat the foods. They will also need to provide the plates, linen and serving utensils for the meal. Many caterers also provide the tables, chairs and numerous other decoration items.

Your Menu and Service Selection Once you decide on the type of meal (a sit-down or buffet reception) and what your facility provides, you can choose a caterer. Together you can determine the menu and the appropriate type of food setting for the degree of formality of your wedding. Make sure you feel comfortable with the price quotes and the number of cooks, servers and bartending facilities they are suggesting for your wedding.

Choosing a Caterer When meeting with caterers have them provide you with a portfolio of weddings they have done in the past. The pictures will show you the presentation of their food and the professional attire of their servers. You may even want to request visiting an event they are serving to see them in action. When finalizing a contract with a caterer make sure you are perfectly clear on the amount of food that will be served, when they will arrive, how they will set up and service, and how you will be charged for the food and beverages (know the costs of all additional items). Be sure to include the taxes and tips in your total costs. If your caterer is providing your liquor and beverages be sure that they have a liquor license and liability insurance.

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Beverages and Bartending Some caterers do not have a liquor license and will recommend a bartender who can serve your beverages. In this case, you can purchase your own liquor and provide your own bartender. You might save money this way, but you want to consider the liability. If you hire a bartender, she or he should be the one to carry the liability insurance. Be sure you know who assumes the liability for alcohol service. If you choose to serve it you may want to consider a rider on your insurance policy. If someone else is serving your liquor make sure they have a proper liquor license and insurance coverage.

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Caterer Do you do a lot of wedding receptions? What is your specialty food service? Do you have a specific menu? Can you prepare food that I select? How do you charge for your meals? What is included in your costs? What are the additional costs? Do you provide liquor and beverage service? What are your policies and provisions for serving alcohol? Do you have a liquor license and insurance? How many servers and bartenders do you provide? How will you prepare and serve the food? Will you need a kitchen facility? Will you need electricity? Is cleanup included in your fee? Are tips and taxes included in your costs? Do you have references I can call?

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“Where little Girl’s Dreams become Reality.”

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Ceremony Sites and Officiants The Importance of Your Ceremony When you are in the thick of your wedding planning, especially the details of the reception, it is easy to forget that the purpose of a wedding is all about the vows you exchange. The ceremony is where you make your commitment to each other for the rest of your lives; this is where your family and friends witness your exchange of love. With careful planning, you can make the ceremony fit your needs, and simultaneously provide a lasting remembrance for your family and friends.

South Carolina Ceremony Sites South Carolinaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wedding sites are among the most spectacular ceremony sites in the world. Options include beautiful and sunny beaches, historic churches, scenic rural settings, mountain vistas and state parks with babbling brooks and waterfalls. The choices make South Carolina an ideal setting for a very romantic wedding. The three primary considerations in choosing a ceremony site are: your religious preferences, your wedding style and the comfort of your guests. Several religions require that you get married in the church of your worship. South Carolina has beautiful churches and synagogues, a site for virtually every denomination.

A Church Ceremony The clergy of the church you are considering will know the type of service that is allowed and the requirements you must meet to get married in their church. When you decide on your location, ask the clergy to give you a copy of the traditional service and find out where you can make changes and additions. The church may have specific requirements regarding your music, readings, flowers, candles, video and photography. Make sure you know the requirements. (Note: If a religious ceremony is important to you and you are not from the local area you should start your search early, as many religious institutions do not allow non-members to be married on their premises.)

A Non-Traditional Ceremony Site Whether you get married in a church or not, you still can have a religious ceremony. Many clergy will perform the ceremony at your chosen ceremony site. The clergy may have a specific ceremony outline that they follow and will 78


let you know what parts must be included in the service. You will need to coordinate with the clergy on what you can add, delete or change. Make sure you get your music, readings and any other special items approved by the clergy. If you are planning a wedding ceremony on the beach, it is a good idea to visit several locations to decide the one best suited to your desires. It is also important to visit your selected beach destination throughout the day to determine what tidal levels you prefer for your big day. Since high and low tides vary by day of the month and between the north and south coasts of South Carolina, there are too many to list here. A great source for current and future tidal information is the website www.saltwatertides.com.

Your Marriage License Wherever you get married, bring your marriage license to present to the officiant! You will not have a legal marriage without it. Your officiant and witnesses, usually the best man and maid of honor, must sign it. Have your marriage license put in a safe place; itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a very important document. You will use this document when changing your name.

Officiant and Ceremony Site Fees Before you secure a ceremony site be sure to find out their fees. Some fees at churches may include an organist, changing rooms, a cleaning service and church decorations such as an aisle runner and candelabras. The fee for the officiant may be separate, especially if they are going off site. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s polite to ask what the standard fee and tip policy is. Some clergy may request that your fee be a donation to the church. Ask the clergy member for suggested donation amounts. You should ask the same questions for non-traditional facilities as you did for churches. If it is an outdoor site, ask if they have restroom facilities and if they provide coverage in case of weather. If they do not, you will need to provide these items but make sure to ask. Many historic sites limit and in some cases prohibit their use. Etiquette requires that the officiant be paid on the day of your wedding. Typically the groom asks the best man to handle that responsibility. The groom should have prepared in advance the fee, tip and thank you card and given it to the best man. Many times this can be done at the rehearsal; the officiant will inform you which is best.

Your Outline You have selected a site and an officiant. Once you have decided how you want your ceremony to flow, it is important that you prepare an outline for the officiant, the musicians, and everyone playing a role in your wedding. The outline will allow them to work together and you will feel comfortable knowing that your service will follow a plan. 79


Justice of the Peace and Wedding Officiants We would like to list the Justices of the Peace that are available for your ceremony but it is difficult since they change constantly and number in the hundreds throughout the state. An easy way to find a Justice of the Peace or wedding officiant for your specific ceremony location is to contact the clerk of court’s office for the county in which your ceremony site is located.

Choosing a Ceremony Site What dates and times do you have available? How many guests can your facility handle? What are the requirements to get married at your location? Is the officiant available? What are the costs for the facility? What is included in the costs? What are the costs for the officiant? Are there any restrictions? Do you have changing rooms? Will the officiant work with us on our vows? Are there any vow or service restrictions? How long will the service be? How long do we have the facility for? Do we need to attend any meetings or consultations prior to the ceremony?

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Historic South Carolina Church Buildings South Carolina has a wealth of well-preserved historic church buildings owned by local historical societies and similar organizations that are suitable for wedding ceremonies. They are found in small historic villages and in scenic rural settings. Many retain their architectural character and appear untouched by time. Some are only available for seasonal use and may not have electricity or plumbing. PLEASE NOTE: This list was compiled from the National Register of Historic Places. It is not inclusive. The listing does not constitute endorsement, and you should call the historical societies in the county or town where each is located for more information. Abbeville County Trinity Episcopal Church and Cemetery Church St., Abbeville, SC Aiken County St. Mary Help of Christians Church York St. and Park Ave., Aiken, SC St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church Pendleton and Richland Sts., Aiken, SC Allendale County Antioch Christian Church SW of Allendale on SC 3, Allendale, SC Smyrna Baptist Church S of Allendale on SC 22, Allendale, SC Anderson County Pelzer Presbyterian Church 13 Lebby St., Pelzer, SC Bamberg County Mizpah Methodist Church Jct. of US 301 and S-5-31, Olar, SC

Barnwell County Bethlehem Baptist Church Wall and Gilmore Sts., Barnwell, SC Church of the Holy Apostles 1700 Hagood Ave., Barnwell, SC Old Presbyterian Church 1905 Academy St., Barnwell, SC Beaufort County Church of the Cross Calhoun St., Bluffton, SC Fripp, Edgar, Mausoleum, St. Helena Island Parish Church Frogmore, SC Sheldon Church Ruins NW of Gardens Corner on U.S. 21, Gardens Corner, SC St. Helena Parish Chapel of Ease Ruins Frogmore, SC St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Church SC 170, Pritchardville, SC Berkeley County Biggin Church Ruins NE of Moncks Corner on SC 402, Moncks Corner, SC 81


Pompion Hill Chapel SW of jct. of SC 41 and 402, Huger, SC St. James’ Church, Goose Creek S of Goose Creek, Goose Creek, SC St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church On SC 45, St. Stephens, SC Taveau Church S of Cordesville on SR 44, Cordesville, SC White Church 2 mi. N of Cainhoy on CR 98, Cainhoy, SC Charleston County Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church 369 Drayton St., McClellanville, SC Bethel Methodist Church 57 Pitt St., Charleston, SC Central Baptist Church 26 Radcliffe St., Charleston, SC Christ Church Mount Pleasant, SC Charleston Edisto Island Baptist Church Edisto Island, SC Edisto Island Presbyterian Church Edisto Island, SC Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity 30 Race St., Charleston, SC Huguenot Church 136 Church St., Charleston, SC John’s Island Presbyterian Church Charleston, SC Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim Synagogue 90 Hasell St., Charleston, SC Old Bethel United Methodist Church 222 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 82

St. Andrews Episcopal Church Charleston, SC St. James Episcopal Church, Santee on the Santee River, Georgetown, SC St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church 93 Hasell St., Charleston, SC St. Michael’s Episcopal Church 80 Meeting St., Charleston, SC St. Philip’s Episcopal Church 146 Church St., Charleston, SC Trinity Episcopal Church Edisto Island, SC Unitarian Church 6 Archdale St., Charleston, SC Chester County Catholic Presbyterian Church Chester, SC Chesterfield County St. David’s Episcopal Church and Cemetery Church St., Cheraw, SC Colleton County Pon Pon Chapel Parker’s Ferry Rd., Jacksonboro, SC Darlington County First Baptist Church 246 S. Main St., Darlington, SC Dillon County Catfish Creek Baptist Church Latta, SC St. Paul’s Methodist Church Off SC 9, Little Rock, SC Dorchester County Appleby’s Methodist Church St. George, SC Edgefield County Horn Creek Baptist Church S of Edgefield, Edgefield, SC


Fairfield County Concord Presbyterian Church U.S. 321, Winnsboro, SC Ebenezer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church SC 213, Jenkinsville, SC Liberty Universalist Church and Feasterville Academy Historic District SC 215, Winnsboro, SC Little River Baptist Church On SC 213, Jenkinsville, SC Monticello Methodist Church Off SC 215, Monticello, SC Mount Olivet Presbyterian Church Off SC 200, Winnsboro, SC New Hope A.R.P. Church and Session House NW of Winnsboro, Winnsboro, SC Ruff ’s Chapel U.S. 21 and SC 34, Ridgeway, SC St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church NE of Ridgeway on CR 106, Ridgeway, SC Florence County Christ Episcopal Church NE of Florence on SC 327, Florence, SC Georgetown County All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Waccamaw Pawleys Island, SC Cedar Grove Plantation Chapel Pawleys Island, SC Prince Frederick’s Chapel Ruins SE of Plantersville on Rte. 52, Plantersville, SC Prince George Winyah Church (Episcopal) and Cemetery Corner of Broad and Highmarket Sts., Georgetown, SC

Greenville County Christ Church (Episcopal) and Churchyard 10 N. Church St., Greenville, SC Downtown Baptist Church 101 W. McBee Ave., Greenville, SC Fairview Presbyterian Church W of Fountain Inn off SC 418, Fountain Inn, SC McBee Methodist Church Main St., Conestee, SC Simpsonville Baptist Church 106 Church St., Simpsonville, SC Wesley, John, Methodist Episcopal Church 101 E. Court St., Greenville, SC Greenwood County Greenville Presbyterian Church Greenville Church Rd., Donalds, SC Mt. Pisgah A.M.E. Church Hackett Ave. and James St., Greenwood, SC Hampton County Stoney Creek Independent Presbyterian Chapel of Prince William Parish McPhersonville, McPhersonville, SC Horry County Conway Methodist Church, 1898 and 1910 Sanctuaries Fifth Ave., Conway, SC Hebron Church S of Conway off U.S. 701, Bucksville, SC Jasper County Church of the Holy Trinity SC 13 and SC 29, Ridgeland, SC Gillisonville Baptist Church U.S. 278, Gillisonville, SC

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Robertville Baptist Church Jct. of U.S. 321 and CR 26, Robertville, SC

Newberry County St. John’s Lutheran Church SE of Pomaria, Pomaria, SC

Kershaw County Bethesda Presbyterian Church 502 Dekalb St., Camden, SC

Oconee County Old Pickens Presbyterian Church W of Oconee–Pickens Co. Line, Seneca, SC St. John’s Lutheran Church 301 W. Main St., Walhalla, SC

Lancaster County Clinton AME Zion Church Johnson and Church Sts., Kershaw, SC Lancaster Presbyterian Church W. Gay St., Lancaster, SC Unity Baptist Church Sumter and Hart Sts., Kershaw, SC Laurens County Duncan’s Creek Presbyterian Church NE of Clinton, off SC 72, Clinton, SC Lee County Lynchburg Presbyterian Church SC 341, South Lynchburg, SC Mt. Zion Presbyterian Church SC 154, St. Charles Rd., Bishopville, SC Rembert Church 1 mi. E of Woodrow on SC 37, Woodrow, SC St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, Bradford Springs Bradford Springs Rd., Dalzell, SC Lexington County Music Hall Evangelical Lutheran Church Gilbert, SC Marion County Mt. Olive Baptist Church 301 Church St., Mullins, SC Old Ebenezer Church 5 mi. S of Latta on SC 38, Latta, SC 84

Orangeburg County Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church 310 Green, Orangeburg, SC Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church 185 Boulevard NE., Orangeburg, SC White House United Methodist Church N of Orangeburg on U.S. 301, Orangeburg, SC Williams Chapel A.M.E. Church 1908 Glover St., Orangeburg, SC Pickens County Old Stone Church and Cemetery 1.5 mi. N of Pendleton off U.S. 76, Pendleton, SC Richland County Bethel A.M.E. Church 1528 Sumter St., Columbia, SC Ebenezer Lutheran Chapel 1301 Richland St., Columbia, SC First Baptist Church 1306 Hampton St., Columbia, SC First Presbyterian Church 1324 Marion St., Columbia, SC Good Hope Baptist Church SC 378 near Sandhill Rd., Eastover, SC Hopkins Presbyterian Church Near jct. of CR 66 and CR 86, Hopkins, SC


Ladson Presbyterian Church 1720 Sumter St., Columbia, SC Richland Presbyterian Church CR 1313, Gadsden, SC Saint Thomas’ Protestant Episcopal Church Near jct. of US 601 and SC 263, Eastover, SC Sidney Park Colored Methodist Episcopal Church 1114 Blanding St., Columbia, SC St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Church 1529 Assembly St., Columbia, SC Trinity Episcopal Church 1100 Sumter St., Columbia, SC Washington Street United Methodist Church 1401 Washington St., Columbia, SC Woodrow Memorial Presbyterian Church 2221 Washington St., Columbia, SC

Sumter County Holy Cross Episcopal Church SC 261, Stateburg, SC Salem Black River Presbyterian Church E of Sumter on SC 521, Sumter, SC

Saluda County Spann Methodist Church and Cemetery 150 Church St., Ward, SC

York County Bethel Presbyterian Church SC 557, Clover, SC Bethesda Presbyterian Church 3.5 mi. NE of McConnells on SC 322, McConnells, SC First Presbyterian Church 234 E. Main St., Rock Hill, SC Hermon Presbyterian Church 446 Dave Lyle Blvd., Rock Hill, SC Mount Prospect Baptist Church 339 W. Black St., Rock Hill, SC Unity Presbyterian Church Complex 303 Tom Hall St., Fort Mill, SC

Spartanburg County Central Methodist Church 233 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC Church of the Advent 141 Advent St., Spartanburg, SC First Presbyterian Church of Woodruff 300 W. Georgia St., Woodruff, SC Shiloh Methodist Church Blackstock Rd., Inman, SC

St. Mark’s Church W of Pinewood on SR 51, Pinewood, SC Temple Sinai 11 Church St., Sumter, SC Union County Corinth Baptist Church N. Herndon St., Union, SC Episcopal Church of the Nativity Church and Pinckney Sts., Union, SC Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church E of Cross Keys on SC 18, Cross Keys, SC

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CONSULTANTS AND WEDDING PLANNERS

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Choosing a Consultant

What a Consultant Can Do For You There are many good reasons for hiring a wedding consultant, the foremost being that they will make your wedding planning much easier. The details are endless, a consultant is trained to handle them and follow your wedding plans. Consultants know the services that are just right for your style and your budget. Because of this, they can save you money. When presented with your budget, they can help you stick to it. They can share valuable ideas on ways to save time and money. They will save you endless hours of planning, calls, attending to details and worry. This way you can enjoy overseeing your wedding without all the stress—that alone is worth their fee.

Knowing what you want and what you need…a Wedding Planner, Consultant and/or a Wedding Director. (The following was written by Robin Cannon, Certified Wedding and Event Planner) He bought the ring…popped the question…you said yes…now LET THE PLANNING BEGIN! Although it’s not always the case, potentially one of the biggest mistakes a bride can make is to entrust the planning process to a close friend or family member. While most mean well, often the bride has such a personal connection to the individual that she might feel she can’t speak up and let them know her true desires for fear of hurting their feelings. On the other hand, it could go in the completely opposite direction, where a bride’s honesty results in friction, disagreement and/or major tension. One of the best investments you can make is in a Wedding Consultant. Often you will hear multiple names for this type of vendor…planner, director, etc.; but be advised, they are not the same. A Wedding Planner is someone that can be as involved as much or as little as you like. They can be contracted from the time of your engagement and help plan every detail, or just a select few. A Wedding Planner can assist greatly in helping you choose the vendors that will work best with your unique personality and help you implement your ideas of the type of wedding you desire. They are also invaluable in assisting you in reading over contracts and making sure that every detail is understood before signing on the dotted line. 90


A Wedding Planner is also very helpful in the area of helping you stay on task with what is to be done next in the planning process and often being the one who actually handles all of the arrangements (with the final decision being that of the bride herself). This professional has worked with many vendors and can be very helpful in connecting you with the vendors that will not only work best with you, personally, but also those who will give you the most value for your money. A Wedding Director, on the other hand, is someone that focuses primarily on the direction of the rehearsal and ceremony, making sure this important day is carried out exactly as you wish. With most all qualified planners, they offer both the planning and directing services. You will want to hire a Wedding Planner/Director early in the planning stages in order to ensure their availability for your date. One of the most important qualities to look for when considering hiring a consultant is that you like this person and get along well with them. This needs to be someone that will listen to you, and your dreams and wishes; someone who can make all aspects of the planning process a fun and enjoyable time! You will want to feel totally comfortable with him or her since you will be spending a good bit of time together. This should be someone that truly loves what they do…seeing that every detail you have entrusted to them is carried out as you requested. While most wedding planners offer various package plans and rates to fit into any budget, it may not be that you hire them for all of their services. It may mean you will need to do the majority of the planning yourself, and hand off the “day of ” duties to a qualified director. In this case, the best piece of advice is to start planning as early as possible. As you have read throughout this book, one of the very first steps in the planning process, and one of the most important, is to establish a budget. Decide what is most important to you, and allot a larger percentage of the budget to those areas. If you and your fiancé know that capturing the memories of your wedding day through pictures is most important to you, then allow a fair amount of the total budget to go towards hiring a highly qualified, professional photographer and/or videographer. With the remaining budget, you will want to prioritize the amount allotted to the rest of your vendors (flowers, reception location, etc.), making budget cuts to the areas that are least important to you and your fiancé. A good wedding planner will help you stay within your budget. Above all else, enjoy this special “Season” of your life. Planning a wedding does not need to be a time where you are constantly stressed to the max. You must stay organized! Make lists and look at those lists often, and try to accomplish a few things each week. The more you can do months before the wedding, the more you can enjoy the time leading up to your special day. This is the beginning of the rest of your life…enjoy 91


Hidden Secrets, Tricks of the Trade and Local Knowledge What many of you may not realize is how many beautiful locations throughout South Carolina do not promote their availability for wedding ceremonies and receptions. If you are a bride that does not already know where you want your wedding ceremony or reception to take place, you may find the services of a local wedding planner to be essential in finding just the right location. (The following was written by Robin Cannon, Certified Wedding and Event Planner) Choosing your wedding ceremony and reception site is one of the most important decisions you will make, as it will set the tone for the wedding. Columbia, South Carolina’s Capital city, offers a large and diverse array of venues to suit a bride’s wish for the location of one of the most important days of her life. From many historical homes in the heart of Columbia and surrounding areas, to water front locations, upscale country clubs, or 5-star hotel ballrooms…Columbia has it all! Recently, I had a couple choose to have their ceremony and reception at the Historic Springdale House and Gardens in Springdale, SC. This mansion is a restored, magnificent Greek revival manor house that was originally located about a mile north of its current location. What really helped this couple make their decision was the gardens at the Springdale House that consist of lush “Charleston” style plantings and beautiful low country lawns that easily accommodated their 250 guests. The couple was also able to work with the catering staff to create their own personalized menu for their reception. As you are narrowing down the actual date of your wedding, remember to take into consideration not only the time of year, but also the family and friends that will play an integral part in the wedding. Are certain times of the year more difficult for some to attend? Is it around a major holiday which might affect the attendance of some invited guests? Research what might be going on locally in the area on that date that could pose a conflict, as well. Some specific events to consider are USC football games, major holidays such as Christmas, Mother’s day, and graduations. Recently, a couple planned their wedding day not only on Mother’s Day weekend, but also the same weekend as USC’s commencement exercises. They later realized that many of their invited guests were not able to attend because of these events.

Choosing a Consultant Checking references is the best way to see if this person is right for you. Asking for their last two or three weddings references should give you a feel for his or her services. You want to work with someone you are comfortable with and who will allow you to have your style. Consultants can give you great ideas and hints 92


to make your wedding even more spectacular. However, it is important that you don’t feel pressured into adopting a different style or type of wedding. With your consultant, work out who will be responsible for what details. You don’t want any surprises, especially if you are responsible for a big piece and you forget about it, such as your cake!

Consultants Check List ❏ Do you have references? ❏ How many years have you been a wedding consultant? ❏ Do you have a portfolio? ❏ Do you have consulting options? ❏ What are your fees? ❏ Can you provide a detailed responsibilities list? ❏ Can you work within my budget? ❏ What do you need from me to do your job? ❏ Will you oversee the day of my wedding?

Advice for working with a wedding consultant from a wedding consultant. (The following was written by Patsy Collin. Patsy is the owner of Be My Guest located in Beaufort, SC and has been a wedding consultant for over 15 years.) Your dream has come true – the ring is sparkling on your finger, you’ve chosen a wedding date, asked your best friend to be your maid or matron of honor, and your mother is thrilled. Dad is torn between happiness for his little girl and wondering how he will ever pay for all these plans! As time progresses, euphoria becomes somewhat tinged by the reality of dealing with a mélange of wedding professionals and/or amateurs, future inlaws, best friends and relatives, many of whom have conflicting opinions on exactly how things should be done. This all can be overwhelming and you can do yourself a big favor by talking to and retaining the services of a wedding consultant. Even a small wedding is a major production, requiring a great deal of organization, tact, patience and humor (another word for keeping things in perspective). An experienced wedding consultant can take on the details sparing the bride and her family much of the stress and thus allowing them to relish the joy of the engagement period. A good wedding consultant knows how to navigate the waters of event planning, dealing with florists, caterers, photographers, musicians, etc. Wedding consultants are also a valuable resource for finding the right people to make your dream wedding a reality. If your heart is set on a groom’s cake in the shape of a bulldog, a good 93


wedding consultant knows just the baker to call or if you want a certain style of photography, they will have the contacts to find the perfect photographer. Once you have selected professionals for your wedding, a wedding consultant can also assist you in finalizing contracts to ensure all the necessary details are covered. A wedding consultant will keep everything on track by giving gentle reminders and by taking on as much of the legwork as you desire. A wedding consultant will assist in making the wedding truly personal by helping to incorporate all your and the groom’s family traditions that you desire and can “run interference” for you if the need arises. It is of the utmost importance that you feel comfortable with your wedding consultant’s personality and that their taste and ideas are compatible with yours. A good wedding professional never loses sight of the fact that it is your wedding. A good wedding consultant will listen to you rather than talk at you, respecting your vision of your wedding and helping you make it a reality within your budget. A strong bond will develop between you and your wedding consultant, as you will spend a lot of time together in the planning stage, either on the telephone, by e-mail, or in person. You can use your wedding consultant to handle as much of the planning and last minute details as you wish. It is important for you to determine how much help you want. In addition to assisting with all the planning and preparations, your consultant can be available to you exclusively on your wedding day, the day prior to your wedding or more if that is what you choose.

What does a wedding consultant cost? Many people hesitate to engage the services of a wedding consultant for fear that it will be too expensive. Not so! The first thing you should know is that there are no set fees. Each consultant determines their fee differently. Some base their fees on the number of guests, others as a percentage of the total budget (generally 12-15 percent) and some charge a straight hourly rate. A good consultant can save you money by eliminating costly mistakes, saving time, and often will help you secure special rates from vendors. It is important that once you determine which consultant you wish to use and agree on the services you would like the consultant to perform and their fee, that your agreement be documented in writing. Your Agreement should state specifically what your consultant will do for you, how much it will cost and when payment is expected.

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Before, during and afterâ&#x20AC;Ś After months of planning, your wedding day arrives. With a good wedding consultant, you, your groom and both sets of parents will enjoy the wedding, giving full attention to â&#x20AC;&#x153;the momentâ&#x20AC;? and enjoying being surrounded by friends and family. A good consultant will be in the background, quietly and effectively directing the rehearsal and ceremony and making sure the reception moves along smoothly. They will deal with unforeseen predicaments about which you will not even know at the time. After you and your new husband depart and the guests have gone home, the tired but jubilant parents can relax and reflect on a wonderful wedding, knowing that your consultant will supervise the conclusion of the party. They will stay to the end, paying vendors and staff and attending to details like making sure the gifts are delivered to the right place and the family heirloom cake knife is in a safe place. Your wedding consultant will take care of you before, during and after your wedding, making sure you enjoy the anticipation and reality of a blissful day.

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Patsy Collin Wedding Consultant Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 379-0284 bemyguest@islc.net Planning weddings since 1992 First in Salisbury, Connecticut and now in Beaufort Intimate brunches Elegant garden receptions and Large dinner-dances

6 Dedicated to providing every client with a personal, gracious and memorable wedding. As much or as little help as you desire. Patsy is also the owner of Be My Guest, Beaufort's source for social stationery, specializing in wedding invitations and accessories.

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Decorating & Rental Information Decorating and rental shops provide a wide array of wedding items to please everyone: this includes balloons, streamers, champagne fountains, and even arches under which the couple may wed. When you are looking for a particular item, most decorating and rental shops will probably have it. The major pieces, such as tents, tables and chairs, can always be found at major rental shops. It is always best to plan as far in advance for these items as possible.

Put Together a Plan When planning your rental and decoration needs for the ceremony and the reception, it is important to get a visual picture of how you want everything to look. Be sure to ask permission from the sites to confirm what you can and cannot do. Once you have the concept, write down all the items you will need. If you are using balloons, are you going to rent a helium tank or have them delivered blown up? A rental shop or decorating store can give you an idea of how many balloons it will take to decorate a certain area. Know the size of the spaces you will decorate, and donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be afraid to use your imagination!

Outdoor Settings If you choose to use an outdoor setting and caterer, you can rent all your table needs from rental shops if it is not already provided. They carry all the accessories needed for a beautiful table setting. This includes the linens, china, glassware, silver and centerpieces. Be sure to rent candles or lights for an outdoor wedding. Some of your guests may have trouble seeing in the dark, you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want them to trip or miss part of the beauty.

Bridal Accessories Bridal accessories such as toasting goblets, cake-cutting knife, the ring pillow, candles and any other special items you may need can be rented if you choose not to buy them.

Tent Rentals We have mentioned before the importance of renting a tent for an outdoor reception. Be sure to include sides on your tent too. In high winds the rain 102


doesn’t just come down from the sky. Even on a sunny clear day it’s nice to provide shade protection for your guests. It is always good to be prepared. You don’t want to be up all night wondering if it is going to rain. Today’s tents are so elegant they can make a wedding look like the mythical King Arthur’s court.

Finding the Right Tent Your options are endless—but only if you book early! Do you want it extra big for a large dance floor and a big band? Do you want it small and intimate for a candlelight rehearsal dinner? Tents are used for a variety of functions and have become so popular that they are booked years in advance. The moment you know you want to use a tent, talk to the tent-experts; they will help you decide on what is best for your wedding style and size.

The Right Location Tent location is very important. Many sites that you are considering have been used by the tent companies before, and they can give you great advice as to the exact layout of the tent. You want to make sure that you have the perfect view, and also the best spot in case of bad weather. Request that the tent set-up person make a special visit to your location to get measurements and your layout requirements. You don’t want any surprises—tents are not easy to move.

Tent Sizes Before deciding on the tent size, you will need to know approximately how many guests you will be having, what type of tables, if the meal is buffet or sit down, and how large your dance floor will be (if you have one). All of these things will help your rental company choose the best tent for your needs. Use the following chart as a good rule of thumb for determining the size of the area you will need to cover. Be sure to consider any special needs you may have. Cocktail Party/standing/seating; five to six square feet per person Cocktail Party/seated; ten square feet per person Reception/partial seating; eight square feet per person Dining/oblong tables; ten square feet per person Dining/round tables; twelve square feet per person Cathedral seating (in rows); six square feet per person Dance area; two to four square feet per person

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Choosing a Decorating and Rental Service Do you have the items we need in stock? Do you have a list of wedding items available? Can you order the items? How long does it take to get the items in? Can you deliver? Do you have bridal accessories available? When do I need to return rental items? Do you pickup? What is the deposit amount?

Choosing a Tent Rental Service Do you have a tent available for my date? What size do I need? Do you have a portfolio of tent choices? Have you been to the location before? Will you do a site visit? When do you set-up the tent? When do you take the tent down? How long is my rental for? Can I lengthen the rental time if necessary? Can you supply my table and chair needs? Can you supply any other rental needs? What are your deposit/cancellation policies?

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Reserve a tent early Choose the size of your tent Choose all necessary items Tables Chairs Dance floor Linens Table settings Centerpieces Lanterns Heaters Candles Lighting Restrooms Decorating for ceremony site Decorating for reception Decorating for other locations Other ________________ Other ________________ Other ________________ Other ________________ Other ________________ Other ________________ Other ________________

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FAVORS, SPECIAL TOUCHES & GIFTS

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Favors and Special Touches

Adding A Favor There are so many unique ways to add a favor or special touch to your wedding. South Carolina has something special for each season and an abundance of unparalleled quality products and services that will help you create personalized gifts for your guests. Add a touch of South Carolina to your wedding by choosing a few of the ideas below to add to your special day.

Wedding Favors Favors are used to symbolize your appreciation for the many guests who have honored you with their presence on your wedding day. There are hundreds of ways to show your appreciation and we have gathered a few ideas that will remind your guests of South Carolina. Whatever you do as a gift, choose an appropriate way of giving the gift to your guests. You can place your gifts in a basket by the door, or place them at each table setting. Couples have even passed out favors themselves, to ensure that they talk to each of their guests individually. Whatever works best for you, make sure that you save a couple for yourself as keepsakes.

Special Touches Whether you have a family tradition or add a special South Carolina touch to your wedding, your guests will enjoy the uniqueness. On the next page we have listed some interesting ideas that other couples have done at their South Carolina wedding. Please be sure to let us know of other unique ideas when you fill out the survey in the front of the book.

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Favors Selected, Delivered and Set Up Arranged and Delivered Special Gifts for out-of-town Guests Special Touch Confirmed Special Touch Made Special Touch Delivered Other ____________________________________________ Other ____________________________________________


Unique Favors and Special Touches Many states are noted for special products that are unique to their region. This is especially true of South Carolina. Listed below are just a few ideas. We would love to hear about the special South Carolina touches you used to distinguish your wedding. When you fill out the survey in the back be sure to include your special touches!  Give guests small bottles of barbeque sauce with special labels com-

memorating your wedding. Place them in big baskets by the door and have servers hand them to exiting guests, or put one at each place setting at the tables. Choose any tasteful way to give this touching South Carolina gift.  Strawberries, peaches and pecans served with your wedding cake adds a dis-

tinctive South Carolina garnish.  Candles make beautiful decorations. Make your own candles and add some

small seashells, citronella candles are popular, since they help keep bugs away. If you are having an outdoor evening wedding, these candles can be put on tall iron rods throughout your lawn. (Be careful if there are kids around). Light up the night while keeping your guests comfortable and bug free.  Wildflower seeds are a nice touch, especially for outdoor weddings. You can

buy a South Carolina mixture in bulk and put the seeds in pretty baskets, decorated boxes or wrapped bundles for your guests to take home as a gift. Your guests can plant their seeds back home and be reminded of your wedding with a collage of colors.  South Carolina is one of the most splendid places in the world to hold a

wedding. In addition to the spectacular colors, South Carolina is well known for its delicious fruits and vegetables. Send a basket of fruit, with a note, to all your guests that are staying overnight. Get a list of places where everyone is staying and have one person spend a couple hours delivering the baskets.  Champagne poured while on a picturesque South Carolina beach is a very

romantic way to start the receiving line. Consider serving champagne in beautiful flute glasses to the guests while they wait in the receiving line.  How about making your own wine or brewing your own South Carolina

beer! This is a fun and distinctive idea for couples who want to serve their own special recipe, adorned with their own label, at their reception or rehearsal dinner. Your own micro-brewed beer also makes a great gift for your guests or wedding party.  Place a Polaroid camera next to your guest book, have guests take each

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 Make a picture collage of the wedding couple’s life history and include

photos of family, friends and guests. Your guests will love to look at these pictures—especially if they are in them.  Have your photographer take an outdoor panoramic photo of the entire

wedding. Use this picture for thank-you or holiday cards.  Use a variety of seashells on your individual place cards and on the tables.

One table can be starfish, another sand dollars, etc. This is a beautiful way to help your guests find their seats.  Another interesting way to assign table seating is to use the South Carolina

Beaches. Place a card at each table with a name of a beach. At the entrance table place a large decorative placard with the table’s beach name and the guests that are sitting there.  Baskets full of birdseed at the end of the ceremony is a perfect touch. When

the guests come from the church or to the ceremony site have them take a handful of seeds and throw them as the couple drives away. It is much better than rice—which can actually hurt birds.  A friend of mine, and her fiancé, purchased framed South Carolina

artwork and had it laid out on a table at their reception. All the guests signed the matte that surrounded the lovely artwork. They now have this piece hanging in their home and every time they look at it, it reminds them of their special day.  Baby pictures of the couple placed at the gift table or the head table is

always a big hit. Try and get a 5x6 or 8x10 of each person and have them in similar frames.  Individual miniature terracotta pots with names painted on them. Each

place setting has a terracotta pot filled with flowers personalized for each individual guest. This favor for each guest also becomes the instant table decoration. This idea is perfect for an intimate garden wedding.

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FLORISTS

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Selecting the Right Florist for You Flowers play a vital role in creating the romantic mood of a wedding. Adorned with the right flowers, your wedding site can become a Garden of Eden. The price of flowers varies greatly, so before you get your heart sold on specific arrangements, consult with a florist—and, of course, your budget. There are many beautiful flower options that can make your wedding gorgeous and fragrant. Finding the ones that will match your wedding needs may take a little shopping around.

Your Style When deciding upon your floral design, you will need to know your wedding style and the locations of your ceremony and reception sites. Knowing that, you can visit a florist who will help you design beautiful arrangements. They know which flowers will be in season, and how to match your wedding style and type. Summer wildflowers are gorgeous at an outdoor summer wedding but might be impractical at an evening winter wedding.

Choosing Your Flowers Before approaching a florist, have a few specific ideas of flower arrangements that you like. This will make it easier for the florist to work with you and know your style. If your budget is an issue, you can select primarily low-cost flowers, they are still beautiful, and limit the expensive ones to where they really show such as the bride’s bouquet.

The Bride’s Bouquet At almost every wedding, the entire flower arrangement scheme is woven around the bride’s bouquet. The bride’s bouquet is the centerpiece of the wedding decorations. All your attendants and the groom’s flowers should get their style and design from the bouquet. The bouquet will be seen, touched and smelled, more than any other flowers. Choosing the bouquet first will help your florist immensely. Take the time to make it meet your dreams.

Choosing a Florist There are many florists who specialize in weddings. They will have portfolios of their work, and provide you with references. Put together a list of all the items

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you need and ask for a cost estimate from the florists with whom you would like to work with. If you want to work with a particular florist, jointly design beautiful arrangements that fit your budget.

Choosing a Florist Do you do a lot of weddings? Do you have a portfolio I may review? Do you have references? May we come in for a consultation? What are your deposit/cancellation policies? Will you deliver and arrange the flowers? Have you seen the reception/ceremony sites? Would you be willing to look at them?

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Flowers & Baskets, Inc. 29 W. Calhoun St. Sumter, SC 29150 (803) 778-1444 www.flowersandbasketsinc.com

Bridal Bouquets Custom designed to match each brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s specific design, color and style. Our goal is to exceed your expectations. We will work with you to design the most beautiful bouquet within your budget. From elegantly simple designs to lush, lavish and extravagant displays our designers will make your dreams a reality.

Ceremony and Reception Floral Design Many brides have their own vision of how their ceremony and reception sites will look and others are looking for more guidance. We meet with every bride to make sure we understand her vision or help to create one with her. We then work directly with the churches, ceremony and reception sites to ensure that vision becomes a reality.

Equipment Rental We are a full service florist and also have all the essentials necessary to make the ceremony design complete. Candelabras

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GIFT REGISTRY & THANK YOU GIFTS

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Choosing Registry Locations Where to Register You will be pleasantly surprised at the number and type of stores in which you may register for gifts. Today, registering does not have to be just for china and silver, even though those are still the most popular items. As a couple, you can choose what your needs and wants are and plan your gift registry accordingly. Since many couples are choosing to get married later in life and have already established households, many couples are taking advantage of new and innovative registries, such as signing up with a travel agent to fund their honeymoon or with a real estate broker to begin a new house fund. (Note: That with these types of registries, it is very important to chose an established and well respected company and to check their terms and conditions and insurance policies before signing any agreement). Remember all your guests and choose items for every price range. You will want to register as soon as possible since many people will want to get your engagement and shower gifts through your registry. Register at several locations to give people a selection. Kitchen shops, linen stores and even outdoor stores are fun places for registries.

Thank-you Notes Have thank-you notes on hand so that as soon as you receive a gift you will be able to send a personalized note. Always send handwritten thank-you cards; never type them. It is proper to thank people promptly for their gift. Sending a thank-you right away will also save time later on when you get lots of gifts all at once. Keep a list of who sent you what gift in the Wedding Worksheet section. This will allow you to keep track of gifts and enable you to mention the gift in your thank-you note. As a special touch, if you will be sending out greeting or holiday cards in the future, you can again mention their gift and how much you enjoy it. If they attended your wedding, thank them again for coming.

Registry Card Inform your families where you registered, so that they can let their friends and other family members know. The best way to do this is to have a neatly printed 3x5 registry card with the locations, addresses and numbers of the places where you have registered. Many locations will provide their own 124


individual registered cards for you. This will make it easy for families and attendants to send them out in shower invitations. Your guests will ask where you registered; don’t be shy about this. It is just as much fun for your guests to pick out your gift as it is for you to receive it.

Damaged Items and Return Policy Make sure you know the stores policy regarding damaged items and returning duplicates. You don’t want to be stuck with five teapots.

Gift Table If you decide to have a gift table, it is important that you have someone oversee this table. Your guests will enjoy having someone greet them at the table and help them display their gift. Make sure their card is properly taped to their gift. Many guests will just bring envelopes, you should have a basket for these. The envelopes should be removed and given to a parent or a close relative for safe keeping once all the guests have placed their gifts. Many couples like to open and display their gifts; decide if this is appropriate for you. Make sure someone gets the gifts back to the location you have designated. If you are bringing the gifts back to your home before heading off on your honeymoon, make sure you do not leave them by the door. Put them under a bed, in a closet or the basement—not in public view.

Choosing Registry Stores

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How can I register? Do you have the items in stock? What is your duplicate policy? What is your damage policy? Will you ship gifts? Can you provide us with a list of our register items? Do you have a phone number for our guests to call? Do you have register cards?

Choose locations to register Choose items to register for Create register cards Damage and return policies Thank-you notes List of gifts and who gave them Decorate gift table Basket for envelopes Assign person to gift table Person to hold envelopes Get gifts back from reception

Special Thank You Gifts As you read through this book, you begin to understand that planning a wedding or special event takes time, money and a lot of help. Whatever your situation, it is important that you thank those who made your special day such 125


a success. Parents help out a tremendous amount, whether it is financially, emotionally or physically. Special friends and family that are part of your wedding party, and even those who are not, need to be thanked for their contribution. Did a friend or family member make your favors? Did they deliver gift baskets all day? Did they oversee all the final touches on the last day? Did they pay for your entire wedding? Think about those who really went the extra mile and thank them. No matter what you decide, whether it is a unique South Carolina made product, artwork, a bouquet of flowers or even a card, they will certainly appreciate the effort.

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GUEST ACCOMMODATIONS

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Guests Accommodations Planning Ahead This category becomes particularly important in South Carolina. Whether you live in South Carolina or are just choosing it as the perfect wedding destination you need to realize that planning ahead is important. In the spring, with the onset of the golf season, locals frequently open up their own homes to tourists who had no place to stay because all other accommodations were booked. Advise your guests to reserve their accommodations far in advance. As we discussed in the “Guest Considerations” section, the variety of South Carolina’s accommodations is outstanding. By planning ahead, you will be able to find just the right accommodations for all of your guests. Check first with the location you chose as your reception site, do they have accommodations? Many places will temporarily reserve rooms for your wedding. If you reserve rooms, make sure that there is a date at which time they are offered back to the public. You do not want to pay for rooms that went vacant. If you choose not to block out rooms, ask your guests to call and state they are with the wedding party, they may get a discount that you prearranged. When researching the variety of accommodations available for your guests, consider every price range. Guests traveling from afar may want to stay a few days and prefer moderately priced accommodations. Put a list together of lodging near your wedding site well in advance of your wedding. If your wedding is at a busy tourist time, you will want to send this list out early. Let your guests be responsible for booking their own accommodations, but be sure to let them know they should do so as quickly as possible. In addition to the facilities listed in this section, review the Banquet and Reception section for locations that have rooms.

The Bride and Groom’s Lodging You should consider where the wedding night suite will be. Frequently, couples who have an evening wedding do not travel straight to their honeymoon destination. It is wise to find a beautiful place close by to stay. This way you will get more rest and be able to see family and friends again the next day before you travel. If you are holding your reception at a site that also has rooms, the site may provide a free newlyweds room as part of the package. This room also comes in handy when the bride and her attendants prepare for the wedding. 130


A Little Advice If you truly want privacy the evening of your wedding, do not let anyone know where you are staying. This is a perfect opportunity for all your practicaljoking friends to get back at you for anything you previously did to them in kindergarten! If you are the partying type, and do want a few friends around, choose a place that accommodates a little noise.

Choosing Accommodations Do you have rooms available on these dates? What are your price ranges? Do you give a discount for a number of rooms? Can we temporarily block off rooms? Will we be charged for blocked rooms you do not rent? How far in advance should someone book a room with you? How long will you let us block off rooms? Do you have an airport shuttle service? Do you have a honeymoon suite?

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Put together list of places and prices

Your travel bags are delivered to honeymoon suite

Confirm that there are rooms still available Block off rooms if necessary Accommodation for your immediate family Accommodation for your wedding party Honeymoon suite for bride and groom Gift baskets for out-of-town guests Transportation issues regarding guests Check that you are not being charged for any rooms you may have temporarily blocked off

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Accommodations & Information Directions, Maps and Accommodations Okay, you spend a great deal of time planning your wedding, designing your invitations and then you include a hand-drawn map to your ceremony and reception sites with lists of accommodationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;all we can say is Yuck! If you are not going to make this piece match your invitations, then send it separately. The service that provides your invitations can help you design an extra enclosure for directions and other information. If you choose to mail this piece early, perhaps you can create it on your computer. Exact directions can be found and printed directly from the internetâ&#x20AC;Ś aah, technology. For your convenience we have listed some wonderful spots to house your guests. You may also call the Chambers of Commerce listed in the All About South Carolina Section and ask for accommodations lists, upcoming events and nearby interests and attractions.

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Located in the Heart of It All on Hilton Head Island. Whatever your plans are, you will find us conveniently located nearby to all of Hilton Headâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s main attractions.

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Meeting Street Inn 173 Meeting Street Charleston, SC 800-842-8022 MeetingStreetInn.com

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he Meeting Street Inn offers distinctive lodging in the heart of Charleston’s historic district. Located opposite the bustling City Market, the Inn is surrounded by Charleston’s finest restaurants, boutiques and antiques shops. Everything that is unique to the “Holy City” is no more than a pleasant stroll from your front door! In the style of the Charleston single house, the Inn’s fifty-six guest rooms open to sunny piazzas overlooking our garden courtyard. Each room features antique reproduction furnishings and four poster “rice” beds. The result is a delightful blend of 19th century charm and 21st century comfort, rivaling that of the finest hotels.

The perfect place for you and your guests to call home during your wedding festivities.

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Make memories and celebrate milestones at the Quality Inn at Town Center. For Wedding Block & Reception Information Please Contact Our Sales Office at (843) 524-2144. 2001 Boundary Street, Beaufort, SC 29902 (843) 524-2144 www.qualityinn.com Colleen Jaeger Director of Sales and Marketing

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Planning the Perfect Honeymoon

Honeymooning in South Carolina Spending your wedding night or your entire honeymoon in South Carolina can be one of the most relaxing and romantic vacations. Whether you wish to hide away in a beautiful romantic inn or greet every morning with a sunrise and stroll on a sandy beach, South Carolina has just the place to make your dreams come true. Many inns and resorts have wonderful honeymoon packages that will fit all your activity and relaxation requirements.

The Vacation of a Lifetime Your honeymoon is a perfect opportunity to take a once-in-a-lifetime vacation. The challenge is to find a trip which meets the ideals of both the bride and groom. Because you both like to do fun, but sometimes different things, it is a good idea not to surprise your fiancĂŠ with the honeymoon destination. Half the fun is discussing all the possibilities and things you can do on your honeymoon. For both of you, a honeymoon may just be a relaxing week in a beautiful state like South Carolina. There are so many ways to research great honeymoon destinations. There are books and magazines that have articles on particular spots and all the activities you can do in that area. Once you have decided on a destination, or two, research pricing and reservation information for the trip. The honeymoon is one vacation that will help you relax and start to set the mood for your future together, therefore it is a good idea to spend some extra time to ensure the trip goes off effortlessly. An early start guarantees the best rates, the availability of locations and transportation, and the ability to explore alternate plans if necessary.

Things to Consider When Planning a Location What is your ideal romantic setting? City or country; sunny and warm or snowy and cold; relaxing or full of adventure; small tent in the woods or the Ritz Carlton; these are just a few of the choices. Make sure what you choose matches both your needs. You will need to consider the length of time it takes to get to your destination. If one of you does not like long plane rides you may want to consider something closer. And of course, you cannot forget your budget. You will need 140


to compare prices, decide what your priorities are and what you can do without. No one wants to think of a budget on a honeymoon but if you plan ahead you won’t have to think of it during the honeymoon because you have budgeted for all your costs.

Honeymoon Packages It is sometimes hard to tell if honeymoon packages are a good deal or not. It truly depends on whether or not you want to deal with any of the planning. Packages can be great because they require very little work by you. Often resorts or locations offer one-price all-inclusive packages which often take the pressure off monitoring and planning considerations. Remember to confirm what is included in the package such as airfare, airport shuttles, meals, sporting activities, etc. It is important that you feel comfortable with the reputation of the company with which you are working. It may be best to work with a travel agent when looking at package deals.

Special Requirements Make sure to check the local legal requirements for your destination. Many countries require passports, special visas and drivers’ licenses for age requirements for driving. It is also important to inquire about any medical considerations, such as shots. If you have a special medical consideration you may want to inquire about local hospitals.

Carrying Cash The only thing we can say about carrying cash is don’t do it—or at least very little. You should only travel with credit cards and travelers checks/cards. Credit cards are the best, especially in a country that uses foreign currency because you will get the best exchange rate and not the local exchange rate. Make sure you leave copies of all your credit cards, contact telephone numbers and any other information with your families just in case your wallet gets lost or stolen. It is also best to clean out your wallets before you go and only bring the necessary items.

Have A Great Time Just relax and enjoy yourself. You are on vacation. The word “honeymoon” adds a certain expectation to your trip but if you are relaxed and don’t set unrealistic goals about your trip—it will surely be filled with lifetime memories.

Your Wedding Night Before you travel for your honeymoon it is important that you feel well rested, especially after an energy-filled reception. Stay near the location of your wedding reception but take the time to choose a romantic and relaxing location to stay on your wedding night. 141


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Location Destination Availability Reservations To and from transportation Car rental Official requirements Medical requirements Proper attire for destination Travelers checks Credit cards Camera and film Person watching home and pets Stop mail and newspaper Double check all reservations ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________ ________________________________________________


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The Importance of Invitations Whom to Invite Determining your wedding list will be one of the most difficult jobs involved with your wedding. The number of people at your wedding will be governed by your budget and your familiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; lists of guests. Traditionally, the bride (and her family) and groom (and his family) each get to choose half of the guests. You will need to consider co-workers, friends, neighbors, and distant relatives. Decide what you can do, how large you want your wedding to be and make your selections accordingly.

The Invitations Your invitations should reflect your wedding style. Whether you have a casual or formal wedding, the invitations should reflect that just by their style. Specialty invitation shops will have many books to look through and you will see a variety of choices. With the assistance of an invitation expert, you will be able to choose the invitations and the necessary accessories. Invitations require a degree of formality and a specialist can help you choose the right wording for all the pieces that go in the invitation. The basic elements that are included are an outside envelope, an invitation (reception card), a response card, a return envelope. Additional pieces are directions to the ceremony and reception sites and a listing of possible accommodations close to where you will be staying. Thank-you cards and any other accessories should match your invitation style. Other accessories that you may consider are napkins, matches, place setting cards and ceremony programs. Many couples are moving away from traditional accessories to more unique gifts that reflect their individual tastes. You should order your invitations three to four months before the wedding. Make sure that you order a few extras for keepsakes and mistakes.

Addressing You will have put a lot of time in to selecting the best invitationâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;make sure your addressing is just as tasteful. Get the proper titles, spelling and addresses for all your guests. You can learn the proper ways to address envelopes from your invitation specialist or an etiquette book. Calligraphy is always an elegant way to distinguish your invitations. 146


Accommodations List When planning a wedding you have to consider not only where and when, but if there will be overnight rooms available for your guests. Many couples who plan South Carolina weddings send their accommodation list well in advance of their invitations. This is something you should consider, especially if you are getting married in a popular resort town. This consideration is discussed in detail in the Guest Accommodation Section.

Save the Date Cards While Save the Date Cards are not necessary, they are a wonderful way to share the excitement and, more importantly, allow your family and friends plenty of time to make arrangements to share in your special day. Especially important for friends and family who will be traveling to your wedding location, Save the Date cards allow travelers to schedule time off from work, take advantage of travel deals and make any other necessary plans sooner rather than later. If your wedding date falls on or around any holidays, or if it is taking place at a popular vacation or destination location, you should consider sending out your Save the Date notices at least five to six months (even possibly twelve months) in advance depending on your wedding location. This is a nice way to allow your guests to combine attendance at your event with a vacation and they will appreciate having the time and information to plan accordingly. Save the Date cards can be viewed as a preliminary invitation to your wedding. There are a variety of options available to suit your taste, style and budget. A very popular form of Save the Date notice is a decorative magnet, but a simple postcard is also a very nice alternative. A Save the Date card should not serve as an engagement announcement and should not be sent to anyone who will not be receiving an invitation to your wedding.

When to Send Out Invitations Invitations are sent eight to ten weeks (even sometimes up to twelve weeks) before the wedding. This gives guests plenty of time to set the date aside for the wedding. It allows you to receive the RSVPâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and work with your reception site on the number of guests you need to prepare for. Remember, even the stamps on your invitation should reflect your wedding. Ask the postal service to weigh your invitation and show you the choices for that postage amount. Invitations are usually at least 60¢ mailings so be prepared for the extra postage.

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Choosing Quality Jewelry Jewelry for a wedding ranges from the engagement ring to gifts for the bride’s attendants. The engagement has become less traditional and more of a shared discussion and that sometimes includes selecting the engagement ring. Yes, sometimes the bride is included in picking out the engagement ring. Still today, most men spend many hours on their own looking for the perfect ring.

Engagement Rings If you choose to purchase a diamond engagement ring, it is important that you understand a little bit about how diamonds are priced to be sure you are getting what you want. One of the best ways to do that is to talk to a diamond expert. There are many quality jewelers who will take the time to explain diamond details to you. The four main items that determine the cost and quality of a diamond are Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat.

The Definitions of Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat Cut: Refers to the arrangement of a diamond’s facets. A diamond which is “ideal cut” captures and releases the maximum play of light. Clarity: The degree to which tiny marks of nature called inclusions are present in the diamond. Color: Diamonds range from colorless—the rarest and most valuable—

to yellowish, with a range of shadings in between. Carat-Weight: Standard measurement for diamond size.

Choosing the Right Ring This may seem like a lot to learn, but a reputable jeweler will be able to explain the value and quality of a diamond. It is important that you know what you are buying. Not only is this for your marriage but it could very well be an heirloom for your children and their children. Let the jeweler know your budget so that you are not shown rings that are way out of your price range. Choose the ring which is valued the highest and which looks the best to you for your price range. Certification will provide you with proof of the diamond’s grade and identity. Be sure to get the certification for your records and make sure your insurance agency gets a copy of it immediately to add to your policy. 154


A Little Advice Ask detailed questions regarding the diamond and the setting. It is important that you know the quality of the gem you are getting.

Family Rings One of the most sentimental engagements rings is a family heirloom. They are beautiful but sometimes the prongs that hold the diamond are not as strong as they used to be. You may want to replace or repair them to a more modern or just a more sturdy setting. It is important that you, at the least, get the ring cleaned and appraised for insurance.

Wedding Bands Whether or not you choose to purchase an engagement ring, picking out the wedding bands together is a romantic and exciting adventure. There are many jewelry experts who can guide you in this important endeavor. Your rings will be forever, a daily reminder of your commitment to each other; choose your jeweler and your rings wisely.

Bridal Party Gifts Many brides purchase earrings, necklaces or even bracelets for their wedding party as their appreciation gift. If they are to wear your gift during your wedding, pick something complementary to the bride attendantsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; dresses and, as always, your budget. For other types of gifts, refer to the specialty companies in the Favors and Special Touches and Gift Registry sections.

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Setting the Tone with Music Choosing the Right Music For Your Wedding Music is one of the most important choices in creating the ambiance for your wedding. Whether you choose traditional wedding music, more modern favorites, a soloist or a small group of musicians, make sure that each song contributes to the overall tone you want. The sound of pleasant music helps create a great first impression for arriving guests. Musicians also play a large role in the flow of the ceremony and reception. Many couples will choose a soloist or a single musical instrument to be played at the ceremony. Be sure that what they play matches your needs and the requirements for the ceremony site. For your reception you will want to consider a more lively type of music. You need to consider all your guests at your wedding. Hard rock may be your favorite kind of music but it may not be your grandparents. Hire musicians that will appeal to all your guests.

Music Considerations Coordinate with your officiant and the musician on which pieces are appropriate for your ceremony. It is important that the music fit with the ceremony. Having a twenty minute soloist piece in the middle of the ceremony might not be appropriate. Once you have determined the songs and their length of time, you can determine the flow of your ceremony. When planning your reception music you have two requirements. One is background music for when guests arrive and during the dinner service. You don’t want loud or rock’n roll music during dinner. Soft, easy, romantic music is best during this time. When it’s time to dance, remember, if the majority of your guests are older they may enjoy big band, orchestra or waltz music. If you have a mixed crowd you will want a band or D.J. with a broad repertoire, this will allow for some popular dancing songs and the waltz songs everyone enjoys. You will also need to confirm with your reception site what they allow. You may want the musicians to play until midnight but 10 p.m. may be the facility’s stopping time.

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Master of Ceremonies Duties Think carefully about who you have as the Master of Ceremonies. You may want the musicians to announce the wedding party, the first dance, the parents’ dance and the cake cutting, but you need to make sure they have done it before and do it with class. You can easily disrupt the style of your wedding with a risqué or loud Master of Ceremonies. You may want to learn more about the musician’s skill in that category. If you do have a musician play this role, make sure he or she understands exactly the wording and tone you expect.

Choosing Musicians Always ask if you are able to hear the musicians you are considering. A live performance is the best, but if that is not possible, then ask them for a tape. Most musicians will have a tape and a list of the songs that they play. Also ask for references—it is good to hear other opinions about their music, setup, appearance and style. If you are considering a group of musicians, ask how long they have been performing together and if they can guarantee that they will be the same ones playing. It can be quite a shock to go listen to a band and have different members show up at your wedding. If that does happen, they are usually just as good as the members picked before. When you sign a contract with a band, make sure it includes all the items you have discussed, including the names of the musicians who will play at your wedding. You will need to consider meals, tips and taxes along with deposit requirements. When you are certain, make a deposit and sign a contract with the musicians you chose so they are booked for your date and cannot accept another offer.

Set-up Requirements Different ceremony and reception sites will have specific set-up requirements and areas. Put the site manager and musicians in contact with each other to coordinate necessary arrangements. Double check this, especially for outdoor ceremonies and large groups of musicians.

Playing Time Before you decide on musicians make sure their playing and break times work with your ceremony and reception outlines. Some musicians will double book a wedding day—just make sure they will arrive in plenty of time to set-up and be ready. Musicians usually have a specific amount of time they play, if you would like to have them longer, ask them what they can do and what the additional fee would be.

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Consider Dance Lessons Even only a couple of hours of lessons will help you feel more confident and look good dancing together to your special song. Whether you join a group class or take a private lesson, dancing lessons are just plain fun and the benefits are noticeable. In just a couple of hours you can learn a few simple steps, how to keep proper form, stick to the beat of the music and how to work together to glide across the dance floor. Always remember…smile while you’re dancing!

Choosing Musicians Do you perform at weddings? How many years have you been a musician? Will you be the one performing at my wedding? Can I hear you play? Do you have a tape available? Do you have a list of songs that you play? Can you suggest some songs? What are your fees? What is the length of time you will play? Can you work with the ceremony site for set up? What are your requirements for set up? Do you dress according to the wedding style? What are your deposit, cancellation policies? What are your contract requirements?

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The Importance of Photography and Video

When all the guests have gone home, and the honeymoon is unfortunately over, the wedding photographs and video will always serve as a joyful reminder of your celebration. Selecting the right photographer and video professional are two of the most important decisions of your wedding. These professionals capture the moments forever on film and record a lifetime of memories.

Choosing a Photographer The format, personality, style, formality and price of the pictures are issues to consider when choosing a photographer. The best way to evaluate photographers is to look at their portfolio. Remember, the portfolios represent the photographers best work. If you like what you see, then explain what you want and ask if the photographer can fulfill your requests. Fees for photographers’ services can vary greatly. Ask for a breakdown of all the costs to understand what they will provide. Always choose a photographer with whom you feel comfortable! It’s a must that you meet with the photographer in person. One photographer may be less expensive than another, but don’t let price be the only consideration; go with the quality and the package with which you feel confident. These pictures are forever.

Must Have Photos Once a photographer has been selected, specify a list of photographs which “must” be taken. Make sure you and the photographer know the layout of your wedding and the type of photographs that you envision. Wedding photographers are professionals and have a great deal of knowledge when it comes to the perfect shot and poses. When the day finally arrives it is usually a good idea to assign a friend or a relative to assist the photographer. Once you have introduced the friend to the photographer, the friend can point out who everyone is. If the photographer has a question, they will feel comfortable that they have someone they can approach without bothering the bride and groom.

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A Little Advice Hey, you look great! Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both as handsome as everâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;get lots of photographs! How often are you going to hire a professional to take your picture? Catch the two of you in all kinds of poses: loving, silly, in action, and be sure to include interaction with family and friends. Get some great shots of you both in close up, informal and in loving poses. Get a great picture of the bride and her closest friends all in one big hug. This is a perfect holiday gift for your friends. Think of special pictures besides the normal list and make them happen!

Video Production Many couples also choose to have a video made of their wedding. A video can capture your celebration in a totally different way than photos doâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if you choose the right service. Unfortunately, it is often a waste of time and energy to have a friend videotape your wedding for you. There are so many integral details associated with videotaping, an amateur video is seldom the quality you want. When choosing a video professional, make sure they understand the details that it takes to video a wedding. The best way they can demonstrate this is to show you a wedding they have previously filmed. It is important to look at the quality of the video and not just the people in it. Be sure that the lighting and sound is good and that the flow of the video is smooth. There are many inclusions that can be added to the video, but usually at an additional fee. Be sure to know exactly what is included in the cost of the video.

Preparing For the Video Inform the video professional where you will be having the ceremony and reception, so he (or she) can determine in advance their lighting and set-up requirements. It is best if they have a good quality cordless microphone so that your guests will not be bothered with a cord. You will also need to give the video professional an outline of ceremony and the reception so he may set up at the best locations before the action starts. Be sure to let him know everything you want to be filmed in addition to the ceremony and reception. Many couples like to have their guests talk into the camera and give toasts. Your video professional can give you suggestions for the layout of your video. You may want to assign the same person who is assisting the photographer or consider a second person if they need a lot of assistance.

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Choosing a Photographer Is our wedding date available to you? How many years experience do you have? May I see your wedding portfolio? Can we set up a consultation? Will you visit the ceremony and reception locations? What type of packages do you offer? Do you own the negatives or can I purchase them? What are your deposit and cancellation policies? What are your reprint costs? What are some of the additional services you offer?

Choosing a Video Professional Same questions as above Do you have wedding videos we may review? What are your video copy charges? What are some additional elements you can add to the video?

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Bride in dress Bride with mother Bride with father Bride with siblings Bride with whole family Bride with bridal party Groom in formal wear Groom with mother Groom with father Groom with siblings Groom with family Groom with attendants Bride and father arriving at ceremony Groom with attendants at ceremony


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The Importance of Your Rehearsal Purpose The purpose of the rehearsal is to ensure that your wedding is as perfect, stress free and enjoyable as possible. A practice run-through will put everyone at ease—and yes—you will probably discover a few little glitches you might not otherwise have anticipated.

Scheduling Your Rehearsal It is usually held the night before your wedding for the convenience of the officiant and wedding attendants, plus the availability of your wedding ceremony site. Be sure to ask the officiant how long the rehearsal will take so you can plan the rest of your evening.

Who Coordinates the Rehearsal? The wedding couple, or the person they delegated, makes all the arrangements for the rehearsal (reserving the site, getting everyone there, sending out directions, etc…) but once the actual practice begins, the officiant takes over and guides the process. If you have musicians or other wedding service providers present at the rehearsal, make sure you know if their presence requires an additional fee or if it is included with the wedding fees. Bring any necessary payments and your marriage license (your officiant may ask to see it or hold it for you).

The Mood Make the rehearsal attendants feel relaxed and comfortable, but let them know this is a serious moment and they should pay close attention, dress appropriately and act accordingly. If possible, get everyone together before the rehearsal for refreshments to put everyone at ease. This also enables everyone to travel to the rehearsal site together and to arrive on time.

Rehearsal Dinner South Carolina offers the entire array of rehearsal dinner possibilities: elegant formal settings, friendly charming inns, country buffet in an old barn, catered outdoor Bar-B-Que or catered affairs in a private home. Traditionally, the rehearsal dinner is hosted by the groom’s parents. The dinner is a special occasion for all the guests to get to know each other. Be sure everyone is 180


introduced. This is also a perfect time for the wedding couple to give gifts to everyone who helped coordinate the wedding and to the wedding attendants.

Formal Rehearsal Dinners If you are planning a formal rehearsal dinner, it is customary to send out invitations, announce appropriate attire and plan the menu and the seating arrangements.

Toasts Whether the rehearsal dinner is formal or informal, it is appropriate to propose toasts. Traditional toasts are: the best man to the couple; the groom to his bride and her parents; the bride to her groom and his parents. Another nice touch is to have the host of the rehearsal dinner toast the bride and groom and their guests.

Whom to Invite Attendants and their spouses or partners; parents of any children participating; the officiant and their spouse; special out-of-town guests; the parents of the couple; and the bride and groom, are all traditionally invited to the rehearsal dinner. However, you don’t have to be restricted by tradition. You and the rehearsal dinner host can expand or reduce the invitee list as suits your personal desire and budget.

Locations We have kept all reception and rehearsal dinner sites in the Banquet and Reception Site Category. This allows you to conveniently find both rehearsal and reception sites at the same time.

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Dataw Island Club 100 Dataw Club Road St. Helena Island, SC 29920 (843) 838-8428 • www.dataw.org

Where dreams are just a reality away… • Rehearsal Dinners • Bridal Luncheons • On-Site Weddings • Receptions Once an 18th century plantation, Dataw Island today is a secluded and gated 870-acre oasis surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Intracoastal Waterway and lush tidal marshes. Dataw Island, located just east of the antebellum town of Beaufort, South Carolina, is situated in the heart of the Lowcountry, between the cities of Savannah and Charleston. Our 5,000 square foot Carolina Ballroom provides accommodations for up to 250, while our Tabby Room is perfect for smaller gatherings of up to 50 guests. Both facilities overlook the marshes of Jenkins Creek, Cotton Dike golf course and croquet lawns. Our Catering Director is your personal assistant and will provide the information and expertise needed to make your event a success. Her attention to detail coupled with the club’s gracious ambience make the Dataw Island Club the preferred choice for both large and small gatherings. Offering panoramic views of Jenkins Creek and manicured gardens, our professional catering team awaits you. Contact Ann Brown, Director of Catering at (843) 838-8428 or datawcaters@islc.net to explore the timeless possibilities.

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Memories Start with Your Most Important Day Behind the gates of Indigo Run lies a little-known piece of paradise called The Golf Club. A private golf community, The Golf Club features party space for 3 or 300. Casual elegance typifies your surroundings accented by the Nicklaus/Nicklaus golf course and moss draped oaks. The wraparound veranda and covered deck allow a nice flow of guests inside and out. Whether a cocktail reception or five-course dinner with matching wines, The Golf Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certified Chef will design a menu for each unique function. With the exceptional service, unrivaled surrounds, and professionals guiding your event, you are surely to have wonderful memories of Your Most Important Day Call now, and start designing your special day

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The Best Transportation Ideas There is such a variety of transportation needs during a wedding that it’s best to assign this overall responsibility to a reliable friend or family member. In addition to getting the bride and groom to the ceremony on time, there’s pick-ups, appointments, out-of-town wedding attendants without cars and grandparents who don’t drive. Most of your guests and wedding party will plan their own transportation. Give them suggestions, but let them do as much as possible—you’ll be busy enough. In the “Worksheets” section there is a sheet for transportation and airport pick-ups; be sure to follow this outline and you should have no problems.

The Wedding Day You have planned the perfect wedding, now you need to make sure you arrive in style. Most couples choose to hire a limousine service because it adds a touch of luxury to the wedding and they are large enough to hold your entire wedding party. One way to coordinate transportation is to have the bride with her parents in one limousine and the bridal party in another. The limousine will then depart with the bride and groom when the reception is over. The bride should travel to the wedding with her parents, especially if her father is walking her down the aisle. It also gives them precious last moments together. Try not to get too emotional during this time—you don’t want to walk down the aisle with tears on your face! Other favorite types of transportation are unique cars such as classics or a Mercedes convertible. A horse and buggy is one of the most romantic ways to arrive and depart your wedding.

Choosing a Transportation Service You may choose more than one source of transportation. You may choose a horse and buggy for the bride and her parents’ arrival and for the bride and groom’s departure. You may want your bridal party to arrive in a limousine, however you are not required to arrange transportation for your bridal party. Be creative—there are no rules. It is important when choosing a service that you inspect closely what they have to offer. Set up a time to look at your chosen mode of transportation and be sure it meets your quality standards. State your exact choice of 188


transportation along with the exact pick-up and drop-off times and locations in the contract. Ask what the service includes and what is extra, such as tip and champagne. Be sure someone is prepared to tip or add it directly to the bill so you do not need to worry about it that day.

Choosing Transportation What is your selection of transportation? Does the cost include the driver? How will the driver be dressed? How do you price your service? Can you fill my transportation needs? Is the date available? Will I get the exact car I choose? What is included in the service? What is extra? Do you know where the ceremony and reception sites are? Do you need directions to our location? When will you arrive to pick us up? What are your deposit and cancellation policies?

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THE ULTIMATE CHECK LIST

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The Ultimate Check List How to Use the Check List All weddings require careful planning whether you have an intimate gathering or a large traditional ceremony with a reception. The following check list and the services listed in this book will provide everything you need to organize a beautiful wedding in South Carolina. Planning a wedding can be fun; don’t let all the details overwhelm you. Take one item at a time, work with the individuals who provide that service and it will all come together. Use this check list as a guideline, cross out what you don’t want and add special touches and family traditions that you will need to plan. Our check list system makes it easy to see what has been done, what needs to be done and who needs to do it.

Important: Special Check Marks and Spaces The “Person” space is for the person who has responsibility for that particular item (it will usually be the bride, groom, wedding coordinator, an attendant or a family member). The “Date” space is for when the arrangements were first secured. The “Done” space requires a check mark when you have finished working with the providers on the arrangement. The “Overseen By” space is very important. This is the place where you put a person’s name who makes sure it happens the day of the wedding. Once you have completed the “Overseen By” list, make a separate list of all responsibilities for each person. Give them a copy of their duties and go over it with them. Find a person who will be responsible for overseeing the whole list so if there are wedding day questions the bride and groom will not be burdened.

Example The “Date” for a florist is when you have chosen one, check the “Done” space when all the flowers are picked out and you have coordinated all the delivery and set up information. The name in the “Overseen By” space might be the wedding coordinator or the person in charge at the reception site. If it is an outdoor wedding and your sister is the florist, put her name in the space. When people see their duties, as well as hear them, they are more apt to remember them.

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————— Arrange for families to meet each other.

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————— Begin shopping for your wedding dress.

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————— Begin visiting reception sites.

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Six to Twelve Months before the Wedding ——

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————— Check marriage requirements.

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————— Decide the formality, number of people and location of your wedding.

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————— If outside, reserve a tent. 197


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DONE

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————— Reserve reception facility.

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————— Start your guest list. Ask your parents to start theirs.

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————— Look into hiring a wedding consultant.

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————— Decide on wedding colors and theme.

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————— Purchase wedding dress.

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————— Decide on your wedding attendants, flower girl, ring bearer.

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————— Put together a fitness plan to get in shape for the big day.

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————— Schedule Engagement photography session and/or bridal portraits.

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Five to Eight Months before the Wedding ——

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————— Meet with the clergy or officiant for your wedding.

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————— Select musicians for the ceremony.

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————— Select musicians for the reception: ————— Band ————— DJ

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DONE

OVERSEEN BY

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————— Select photographer.

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————— Select videographer.

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————— Ask your attendants to be in the wedding.

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————— Select dresses for the bridesmaids.

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————— Select formal wear for the groom and attendants.

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————— Choose a florist and decide on your arrangements.

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————— Select and order your invitations.

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————— Choose a caterer and select your menu.

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————— Choose bartender and liquor selection.

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————— Reserve any rental equipment. (tents, tables, linens, chairs, bathroom facilities, lights, heaters, etc.)

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————— Choose baker for your cake(s).

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————— Choose favors.

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————— Book room for your wedding night.

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————— Discuss honeymoon destinations.

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————— Choose wedding bands together.

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————— Book transportation for the wedding.

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Four to Six Months before the Wedding ——

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————— Confirm ceremony details.

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————— Confirm your final guest list.

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————— Choose your cake style. 199


PERSON DATE

DONE

OVERSEEN BY

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————— Register for gifts: china, silver, etc.

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————— Complete honeymoon plans.

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————— Apply for a passport if traveling out of the country.

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————— Schedule fittings and delivery date for wedding dress.

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————— Reserve accommodations for special out-of-town guests.

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————— Reserve rehearsal dinner locations.

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————— Review all contracts to make sure they fit your needs.

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Ceremony Site

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Reception Site

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Band/DJ

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Florist

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Photographer

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Videographer

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Caterer

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Hair/Makeup Artist

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Cake Baker

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Transportation

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————— Have bridesmaids and attendants fitted for their formal wear.

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————— Order thank-you notes, imprinted napkins and wedding programs.

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————— Select balloonist, horse/carriage, doves, or other additions.

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————— Have mothers select their dresses.

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————— Take dance lessons.

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DONE

OVERSEEN BY

Four Months before the Wedding ——

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Veil

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Jewelry

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Garter

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Shoes

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Undergarmets

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Ring bearer pillow

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Flower girl baskets

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Cake knife

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Cake stand (if baker is not providing one)

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Toasting glasses

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Guest Book

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Card Box

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————— Book appointments with salon for skin and hair care to do trial run.

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————— Book salon for make up and hair for the wedding day.

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————— Address invitations and announcements.

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————— Meet with caterer to firm up the menu details.

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————— Finalize your flower arrangements.

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Two to Three Months before the Wedding ——

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————— Arrange rehearsal and rehearsal dinner details.

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————— Notify all appropriate guests of the rehearsal time and location. 201


PERSON DATE

DONE

OVERSEEN BY

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————— The bride chooses gifts for the bridal party and the groom.

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————— The groom chooses gifts for the attendants and the bride.

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————— Discuss details of decor with the florist, the caterer and the reception site.

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————— Discuss ceremony with clergy or officiant.

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————— Choose readings and individuals to read them.

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————— Dress fittings.

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——���—— If you are writing your own vows, do them now.

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————— Complete wedding invitations, map and additional information.

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————— Shop for stockings and lingerie for your dress.

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————— Shop for your going-away outfit.

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————— Give an attendant party.

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————— Send thank-you cards for gifts received early.

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One to Two Months before the Wedding ——

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————— Make a list of songs you want the musician to play at the ceremony.

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————— Choose your wedding song and the songs you will dance to with parents.

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————— Make a list of songs you want the musicians to play at the reception.

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————— Make an outline (a wedding day itinerary) of how the wedding will unfold.

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PERSON DATE

DONE

OVERSEEN BY

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————— Give the outline to all the people who will be helping with the wedding.

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————— Mail your invitations. (Closer to two months than one.)

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————— Record all your wedding gifts and who gave them to you.

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————— Buy a guest book.

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————— Have ceremony programs printed.

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————— Final dress fittings.

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————— Collect the proper documents if you will change your name.

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————— If you have a change of address, inform the post office.

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————— Confirm accommodations for outof-town guests.

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————— Get your hair trimmed.

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————— Send out rehearsal dinner invitations.

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————— Confirm all details at the ceremony site.

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————— Confirm all details at the reception site.

One Month before the Wedding ——

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————— Make list of photographs you want for the photographer.

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————— Ask a responsible person to oversee the ceremony.

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————— Ask a responsible person to oversee the reception.

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————— Pick up your wedding rings and try them on right there!

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————— Make sure bridesmaids’ dresses fit.

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PERSON DATE

DONE

OVERSEEN BY

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————— Continue to send out thank-you cards for gifts received.

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————— Spend an afternoon at a spa.

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————— Confirm wedding cake delivery and display.

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————— Final fit for groom and attendants.

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Two Weeks before the Wedding ——

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————— Get your marriage license.

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————— Arrange seating plan and write place cards.

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————— Delegate last-minute errands.

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————— Write toasts for rehearsal dinner and reception.

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————— Ask individuals (best man, father) to give toasts at the reception.

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————— Send out wedding announcements to the paper.

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————— Begin your honeymoon packing.

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————— Confirm all honeymoon details.

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————— Get tickets and travelers’ checks for honeymoon.

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————— Confirm time flowers will be delivered and decorations will be completed.

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————— Confirm arrival time of musicians and set-up locations.

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————— Keep gift record and thank-you notes up to date.

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————— Have a gift table and a person who will oversee it.

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————— Go over procedure for the ceremony and the receiving line.

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PERSON DATE

DONE

OVERSEEN BY

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————— Go over procedure for the dances at the reception, the dinner and cake cutting ceremony.

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————— Be sure all wedding attire is in order for the bride, groom and attendants.

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————— Complete all name change documents.

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————— Create seating chart.

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————— Assemble wedding favors for guests.

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————— Get your groom’s hair cut.

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One Week before the Wedding ——

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————— Finalize your rehearsal dinner arrangements, including out-oftown guests and transportation.

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————— Wrap gifts for attendees. Present them after the rehearsal dinner.

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————— Arrange to have the gifts you receive at the wedding transported to a designated place.

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————— Call guests who have not responded and ask if they will be attending.

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————— Call caterer with final arrangements and guest count.

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————— Call cake baker with final guest count for the cake.

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————— Confirm addresses and pick up times with transportation company.

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PERSON DATE

DONE

OVERSEEN BY

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————— Confirm your final check with the florist, photographer, reception site, ceremony site, sexton, clergy or officiant, musicians, video professional, transportation and caterer.

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————— Complete your honeymoon packing. Make sure your suitcases are safely stored.

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————— Pack overnight bags (bride and groom) for your wedding night.

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————— Arrange bags of bird, wildflower seeds for the ceremony.

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————— Finalize party favors for the guests.

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————— Create seating cards for guests.

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————— Get a massage.

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Day before Your Wedding ——

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————— Have a manicure and pedicure to pamper yourself.

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————— Attend the rehearsal. Review all duties with clergy, attendees and parents.

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————— Finalize wedding day timeline

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————— Inform ushers where the bridal parties and reserved seating is.

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————— Pick up wedding dress or have it delivered.

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————— Pick up or have all formal wear delivered.

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————— Arrange for someone to deliver guest book, ring bearer pillows, and flower girl baskets to the ceremony site.

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PERSON DATE

DONE

OVERSEEN BY

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————— Confirm with best man, maid of honor, and any other wedding guests who are giving toasts.

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————— Arrange for someone to mail your wedding announcements on your wedding day.

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————— Eat healthy, drink lots of water and get a good night’s sleep.

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————— Assign last-minute responsibilities to people.

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————— Finalize seating chart.

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Your Wedding Day ——

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————— Have a healthy and hearty breakfast.

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————— Relax in a luxury bath or shower.

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————— Keep appointment with hairdresser and makeup artist.

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————— Allow plenty of time to get ready, at least two hours.

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————— Mail wedding announcements.

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————— Mail gift or thank-you to your parents for their help and support.

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————— Bring wedding rings.

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————— Bring your travel kits to ceremony and reception site.

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————— Bring marriage license (if not coordinated at rehearsal).

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————— Bring money that is due to all services.

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PERSON DATE

DONE

OVERSEEN BY

After the Wedding ——

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————— Create photo albums for family and close friends, using facebook, your wedding website, or an electronic frame.

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————— Preserve wedding bouquet.

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————— Freeze the top layer of your wedding cake.

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————— Have your wedding dress cleaned and preserved.

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————— Write and send out your final batch of thank-you notes.

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————— Mail gift or thank-you to your parents for their help and support.

Additional Plans ——

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Have a wonderful day—enjoy every moment!

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YOUR BUDGET

Photo courtesy of Jay Browne Photography www.jaybrownephotography.com

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Your Budget Wedding Costs It is now time to combine your wedding vision with the amount you have budgeted for your wedding. Many couples are surprised by how much weddings truly cost. Today, the average wedding cost for 200 guests is $15,000 to $30,000. It is important that you understand your budget and how much you and your family can afford. Each particular item’s cost, such as attire and food, will be determined by your style, the location of your wedding and what you can spend on your wedding. It depends on what is most important to you, what you can live without and what is a “must”. You may have to change your style slightly to fit your budget, but you can still have the same overall effect with just slight modifications. There are many hidden costs associated with a wedding; be diligent and identify them. If your family is helping with the wedding, be sensitive to their financial situation. Although money may not be an issue for your families, they will still appreciate your courtesy about this matter.

Who Pays For What? The traditional protocol of who pays for what has become less clear in recent years. It depends on the individual and families’ financial situations. The fact that many people are waiting until later in life to get married also complicates the issue. The budget lists who traditionally pays for each particular item, but it has become more of a matter of who can help financially, whether it’s the bride’s or groom’s family, not what is traditional.

Percentages On average, weddings costs are as such: 50% 15% 10% 10% 7% 5% 3% 212

Reception Photography Music Flowers Bride’s attire Invitations Other Items


Traditional Breakdown of Costs Below is the traditional separation of costs. As mentioned previously, this is just a guideline and not a rule. Weddings can be expensive and the financial weight has become less and less solely a bride’s family responsibility. Many couples, along with both sets of parents, are sharing the expense of the wedding. This is a personal decision and only you can determine what will work for you and your families.

Bride

Groom’s Family

Groom’s wedding ring Gift for groom Gifts for bride’s attendants Groom’s cake

Groom’s attire Groom’s attendants’ accessories for their attire Boutonnieres for the men of the wedding party Bride’s bouquet and mothers’ corsages Rehearsal dinner Accommodations for groom’s attendants Groom’s family travel and hotel expenses Wedding gift for the bride and groom

Bride’s Family Engagement party Consultant Gown and accessories Invitations and announcements All flowers except bride’s bouquet and corsages for the mothers Total cost of ceremony except the clergy fee Total cost of reception Photography Transportation for bridal party Accommodations for attendants Wedding gift for bride and groom Attendants luncheon

Wedding Attendants Wedding attire Travel expenses Gift for bride and groom Parties for the bride and groom

Groom Bride’s wedding and engagement rings Bride’s gift Marriage license All honeymoon expenses Gift for groom’s attendants Clergy’s fee

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The Budget Spreadsheet Like the “Check List” in this book, you will also use the Budget Spreadsheet as a guideline. Cross out what you do not need and add what you do. Be sure to include the tips, taxes and other additional expenses when necessary.

Special Check Marks and Spaces The “Paid By” is to mark who will pay for that item. Be sure to plan ahead for who will be paying for what. The “Draft Budget” is so you can estimate how much you think it will cost and what you are willing to pay. Unfortunately, not all estimates will be on target, that is why we have included a second “Final Budget” column. This will allow you to have a better idea of actual costs and where your priorities are. “Actual” is just that, the actual cost of the item. You will probably know this amount once you confirm with a service and contract with them. If you prefer to use an electronic version, please visit our website (www.theBookforAllBrides.com) the link to a great Microsoft Office template is under our Planning Tools tab.

Your Budget Spreadsheet Costs Wedding Consultant Stationery Announcements Invitations Reply cards Reception cards Ceremony cards Pew cards Seating place cards Programs for ceremony Wedding announcements Maps, accommodations list Thank-you notes Calligraphy

214

Paid By

Draft Budget

Final Budget

Actual


Costs

Paid By

Draft Budget

Final Budget

Actual

Napkins and matchbooks Postage The Ceremony Ceremony site Ceremony officiant Ceremony musicians Ring bearer pillow Flower girl basket Birdseed or flower packages Guest book, pen Alter candelabra Aisle runner The Wedding Attire Bride’s gown Alterations Headpiece and veil Undergarments Jewelry Shoes Groom’s formal wear Alterations Groom’s accessories Beauty Massages Hairdresser Facial/makeup artist Manicure/pedicure Groom’s haircut

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Costs Photography and Video Bride and groom’s album Parents’ album Formal portraits Extra prints Proofs/previews Negatives Extra hours Extra film Video production Copies of video Costs for Attendants Bridal luncheon Attendants’ accommodations Gifts for groom’s attendants Gifts for bride’s attendants Flowers Ceremony flowers Bride’s flowers Tossing flowers All attendants flowers Floral hairpieces Mothers’ flowers Other relatives and friends Reception flowers Cake flowers Flower set up & delivery

216

Paid By

Draft Budget

Final Budget

Actual


Costs

Paid By

Draft Budget

Final Budget

Actual

Reception Location fee Hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres Main meal Bartending Beverages Cake cutting Champagne toast Toast glasses Valet and parking Coat and bathroom attendant Security Other _____________ Other _____________ Reception Rental Items and Decorations Tent Tables and chairs Tableware and linens Candles and lanterns Heaters Centerpieces Balloons Other _________ Other _________ Entertainment Reception music Soloist Dance lessons Other_________ 217


Costs Cakes Wedding cake Groom’s cake Wedding cake knife Cake delivery and set-up Cake top wrapping Candy gifts for guests Transportation Limousines Car rental Horse and buggy Other____________ Rehearsal Dinner Attendants gifts Additional Costs Newspaper announcements Marriage license Gown preservation Bouquet preservation Guest gift baskets Wedding bands Engagement ring Groom’s gift Bride’s gift Honeymoon Transportation Accommodations Attire Spending money Other_________ 218

Paid By

Draft Budget

Final Budget

Actual


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YOUR WORKSHEETS

Photo courtesy of Chapin Portrait Studio

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Brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Blue Pages Professional Services Directory Banquet and Reception Sites

Charleston Area Boat House at Breach Inlet Isle of Palms, SC (843) 886-8000 www.boathouserestaurants.com Boone Hall Plantation Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 884-4371 www.boonehallplantation.com Buck Ridge Plantation Orangeburg, SC (803) 531-8408 www.buckridge.com Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina Charleston, SC (843) 284-7039 www.charlestonharbourresort.com Charleston Harbor Tours Charleston, SC (843) 722-1112 www.charlestonharbortours.com Charletston Maritime Center Charleston, SC (843) 853-3625 www.cmcevents.com

Courtyard by Marriott CharlestonMount Pleasant Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 284-0900 www.marriott.com/chscm Creek Club at Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;On Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 375-0376 www.theionclub.com Doubletree Guest Suites Charleston, SC (843) 577-2644 www.charlestondoubletree.com Dunes West Golf Club Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 856-9378 www.duneswestweddings.com Francis Marion Hotel Charleston, SC (843) 722-0600 www.francismarioncharleston.com Fulton Lane Inn Charleston, SC (843) 720-2600 www.fultonlaneinn.com Hawthorn Suites Charleston, SC (843) 225-4411 www.hawthorn.com 249


Banquet and Reception Sites continued Historic Rice Mill Building Charleston, SC (843) 723-7952 www.goodfoodcatering.net Holliday Alumni Center at the Citadel Charleston, SC (843) 953-7696 www.hollidayalumnicenter.com Jasmine House Charleston, SC (843) 577-5900 www.jasminehouseinn.com John Rutledge House Inn Charleston, SC (866) 720-2609 www.johnrutledgehouseinn.com Kings Courtyard Inn Charleston, SC (843) 722-8680 www.kingscourtyardinn.com Legare Waring House Charleston, SC (843) 805-3061 www.legarewaringhouse.com Magnolia Plantation & Gardens Charleston, SC (843) 571-1266 www.magnoliaplantation.com Palmer Home View Charleston, SC (843) 723-1574 www.palmerhomebb.com/index.html Palms Hotel Isle of Palms, SC (843) 886-3003 www.thepalmshotel.us

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Greater Columbia Area Columbia Conference Center Columbia, SC (803) 772-9811 www.columbiameetings.com Country Club of South Carolina Florence, SC (843) 669-0920 www.countryclubsc.com/home.html Embassy Suites Columbia - Greystone Columbia, SC (803) 252-8700 www.columbiagreystone.embassysuites.com Gibson Commons Conference Center Lexington, SC (803) 358-7122 www.gibsoncommons.com Hilton Garden Inn Columbia/Harbison Columbia, SC (803) 407-6640 www.hiltongardeninn.hilton.com Historic Columbia Foundation Columbia, SC (803) 252-7742 www.historiccolumbia.org Jasmine House Columbia, SC (803) 781-3315 www.riverroadjasmine.net Leaside Columbia, SC (803) 783-9136 www.thesouthernway.com Millstone at Adams Pond Columbia, SC (803) 783-5732 www.thesouthernway.com


Banquet and Reception Sites continued Radisson Hotel Columbia & Conference Center Columbia, SC (803) 731-0300 www.radisson.com\columbiasc

Hunter House Antiques & Bed Breakfast Simpsonville, SC (864) 967-2827 www.hunterhousebedandbreakfast.com

Rose Hill Estate Aiken, SC (803) 648-1181 www.rosehillestate.com

South Carolina Botanical Garden Clemson, SC (864) 656-3075 www.clemson.edu/scbg

Tronco’s Special Events at the Medallion Center Columbia, SC (803) 256-1222 www.troncos.com

Summit Pointe Meeting & Events Center Spartanburg, SC (864) 699-7866 www.summit-pointe.com

Greenville – Upstate Area

Younts Conference Center-Furman University Greenville, SC (864) 294-2390 www.furman.edu/younts

Clinton House Plantation Clinton, SC (864) 833-0274 www.clintonhouse.com Embassy Suites Hotel Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center Greenville, SC (864) 676-9090 www.embassysuites.hilton.com Furman University Conference & Events Greenville, SC (864) 294-2390 www.furman.edu/younts

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area Best Western Sea Island Inn Beaufort, SC (843) 522-2090 www.sea-island-inn.com Country Club of Hilton Head Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 689-3500 www.hiltonheadclub.com

Gassaway Mansion Greenville, SC (864) 235-5555 www.gassawaymansion.com

Country Inn & Suites Beaufort Beaufort, SC (843) 379-4000 www.countryinns.com

Hilton Greenville Greenville, SC (864) 232-4747 www.greenvillesc.com

Dataw Island Club St Helena Island, SC (843) 838-8428 www.dataw.org

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Banquet and Reception Sites continued Radisson Hotel Columbia & Conference Center Columbia, SC (803) 731-0300 www.radisson.com\columbiasc

Hunter House Antiques & Bed Breakfast Simpsonville, SC (864) 967-2827 www.hunterhousebedandbreakfast.com

Rose Hill Estate Aiken, SC (803) 648-1181 www.rosehillestate.com

South Carolina Botanical Garden Clemson, SC (864) 656-3075 www.clemson.edu/scbg

Tronco’s Special Events at the Medallion Center Columbia, SC (803) 256-1222 www.troncos.com

Summit Pointe Meeting & Events Center Spartanburg, SC (803) 328-2180 www.summit-pointe.com

Greenville – Upstate Area

Younts Conference Center-Furman University Greenville, SC (864) 294-3109 www.furman.edu/younts

Clinton House Plantation Clinton, SC (864) 833-0274 www.clintonhouse.com Embassy Suites Hotel Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center Greenville, SC (864) 676-9090 www.embassysuites.hilton.com Furman University Conference & Events Greenville, SC (864) 294-3109 www.furman.edu/younts

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area Best Western Sea Island Inn Beaufort, SC (843) 522-2090 www.sea-island-inn.com Country Club of Hilton Head Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 689-3500 www.hiltonheadclub.com

Gassaway Mansion Greenville, SC (864) 235-5555 www.gassawaymansion.com

Country Inn & Suites Beaufort Beaufort, SC (843) 379-4000 www.countryinns.com

Hilton Greenville Greenville, SC (864) 232-4747 www.greenvillesc.com

Dataw Island Club St Helena Island, SC (843) 838-8428 www.dataw.org

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Banquet and Reception Sites continued Fripp Island Resort Fripp Island, SC (800) 334-3022 www.frippislandresort.com

Coral Beach Resort & Suites Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-8421 www.coralbeachmyrtlebeachresort.com

Golf Club at Indigo Run Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 689-3500 www.thegolfclub-indigorun.com

Crown Reef Resort at South Beach Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 626-8077 www.crownreef.com

Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 837-8111 www.HiltonGardenInn.Hilton.com

Gazebo Inn Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-9435 www.gazeboinn.com

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 686-8476 www.hiltonheadmarriott.com

Hampton Inn Myrtle Beach-Oceanfront Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 946-6400 www.hamptoninnoceanfront.com

Hilton Oceanfront Resort Hilton Head Island Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 341-8063 www.hiltonoceanfrontresort.com

Harbor House Bed and Breakfast Georgetown, SC (843) 546-6532 www.harborhousebb.com

IMC Resort Services Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 785-4775 www.imcresortservices.com

Indigo Creek Golf Club Murrells Inlet, SC (843) 650-1809 www.indigocreekgolfclub.com

Myrtle Beach â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Grand Strand Area

Inlet Affairs Murrells Inlet, SC (843) 651-2904 www.inletaffairs.com

Baywatch Resort & Conference Center Myrtle Beach, SC (866) 270-2263 www.baywatchresort.com Compass Cove Resort Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-8373 www.compasscove.com

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Kiawah Island Resort Myrtle Beach, SC (609) 466-9187 www.kiawahresort.com


Beauty and Spa Services

Charleston Area Bellezza Salon & Spa Charleston, SC (843) 573-1112 www.bellezzasalonspa.com Charleston Theraputic Massage Charleston, SC (843) 723-7005 www.charleston-massage.com Natural Image Salon & Day Spa N. Charleston, SC (843) 207-9300 www.naturalimage.net Simply Your Spa Charleston, SC (843) 556-2878 www.simplyyourspa.com SoCa Day Spa N. Charleston, SC (843) 529-9500 www.socadayspa.com Spa at Charleston Charleston, SC (843) 766-3530 www.spa_charleston.com

Greater Columbia Area Aquarius Spa & Salon Chapin, SC (803) 345-1920 www.theaquariusspa.com Ashley’s Alley Salon & Spa Columbia, SC (803) 779-7561 www.ashleysalley.com

BeautiControl Spa Elgin, SC (803) 261-3696 www.beautipage.com/new_you Belue Day Spa Rock Hill, SC (803) 388-2358 www.beluedayspa.com Urban Nirvana Columbia, SC (803) 727-1010 www.urbannirvana.com Wisteria Aveda Salon Spa Columbia, SC (803) 744-1200 www.wisteriasalonspa.com

Greenville – Upstate Area Headquarters Salon & Day Spa Greenville, SC (864) 233-1817 www.headquartersdayspa.com Heights of Converse Salon & Day Spa Spartanburg, SC (864) 598-0098 www.theheightsofconverse.net Ivy Salon & Spa Greenville, SC (864) 370-1489 www.ivysalonandspa.com Le Salon Greenville, SC (864) 242-5424 Purple Door Day Spa & Salon Greenwood, SC (864) 229-9242 www.thepurpledoorspa.com

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Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area

Faces Day Spa Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 785-3075 www.facesdayspa.com

Anderson Ocean Club & Spa Myrtle Beach, SC (866) 270-2263 www.andersonoceanclubonline.com

Indulge Spa Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 842-4416 www.indulgespaofhhi.com

Body & Soul Spa Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 650-7685 www.bodysoulspa.com

Main Street Inn & Spa Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 471-3001 www.mainstreetinn.com

Cheveux Hair Salon Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 946-9344

Royal Sands Salon & Spa Port Royal, SC (843) 522-9179 www.royalsands.net Sanctuary Day Spa Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 842-5999 www.sanctuaryeurospa.com Serendipity Medical Spa Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 342-2639 www.serendipitymedspa.com Vanessa’s Hair Bouique Bluffton, SC (843) 368-1990 www.venessashairboutique.com

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Déjà Vu Salon & Spa Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-6627 www.dejavusalonandspa.com Melinda’s Medical Day Spa N. Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 663-1307 www.melindasdayspa.com Spa On Broadway Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-6750 www.spaonbroadway.com


Bridal Attire and Formal Wear

Charleston Area Bella Bridesmaid Charleston, SC (843) 425-8079 www.bellabridesmaid.com Belle Couture Bridal Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 881-3449 www.bellecouturebridal.com Berlin’s For Men & Women Charleston, SC (843) 722-1665 www.berlinsclothing.com Bits of Lace Charleston, SC (843) 577-0999 www.bitsoflace.com Bridals by Jodi North Charleston, SC (843) 863-8400 www.bridalsbyjodi.com Charleston Formal Wear Charleston, SC (843) 722-7375 www.charlestonformalwear.com Condon’s Bridal Boutique Charleston, SC (843) 766-1205 www.condonsbridalboutique.com

Jean‘s Bridal of Mt. Pleasant Charleston, SC (843) 881-2056 www.jeansofmtpleasant.com LulaKate Charleston, SC (843) 805-7193 www.lulakate.com Maddison Row Charleston, SC (843) 720-7979 www.maddisonrow.com Prima Dance and Formal Boutique Summerville, SC (843) 832-6363 www.primadanceandformal.com RTW Charleston Charleston, SC (843) 577-9748 www.rtwcharleston.com Sara’s Boutique & Bridal Moncks Corner, SC (843) 761-9400

Greater Columbia Area Brides Corner Bridal Boutique Columbia, SC (803) 799-1676 www.cscbridescorner.com

Cousins Cove N. Charleston, SC (843) 572-1179

Carolina Couture Columbia, SC (803) 736-7800 www.carolinacouture.com

DeBorah’s Bridal Charleston, SC (843) 556-8092 www.deborahsbridal.com

Coplon’s Columbia, SC (803) 790-0015 www.coplons.com

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Greenville – Upstate Area Bella Bridesmaid Greenville, SC (864) 241-4001 www.bellabridesmaid.com Carolina Traditions Spartanburg, SC (864) 576-3900 www.carolinatraditions.com Gregory Brothers Cleaners Greenville, SC (864) 268-0539 Poinsett Bride Greenville, SC (864) 241-0730 www.thepoinsettbride.com Upstate Wedding Boutique Greenville, SC (864) 220-1220 www.upstateweddingboutique.com

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Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area Andy’s Secrets Beaufort, SC (843) 986-0507 www.andyssecrets.net Porcupine Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 785-2779 www.porcupinestyle.com Waters Drycleaning & Laundry Port Royal, SC (843) 524-2606

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area Bijuju – An Accessory Boutique Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 445-2870 www.bijuju.com Fabulous Reflections by Julie Georgetown, SC (843) 546-6848 www.fabulousreflectionsbyjulie.com Foxy Lady Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 692-0390 www.shopfoxylady.com Haberdashery Gentlemen’s Clothiers Conway, SC (843) 248-3510 Southern Brides Florence, SC (843) 665-2322 www.southernbrides89.com SewBiz Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 457-2599 www.sewbiz.net


Cakes

Charleston Area Ashley Bakery Charleston, SC (843) 763-4125 www.ashleybakery.com Cake Stand Charleston, SC (843) 991-4446 www.thecakestandcharleston.com Rococo German Bakery Charleston, SC (843) 763-2055 www.rocogermanbakery.com Sweet Smith Bakery Charleston, SC (843) 573-2322 www.sweetsmithbakery.com Wedding Cakes by Jim Smeal Charleston, SC (843) 795-6114 www.weddingcakesbyjimsmeal.com

Greater Columbia Area Cake Lady Columbia, SC (803) 466-3795 www.mocakes.com Desserts and More Columbia, SC (803) 699-8800 www.desserts-n-more.com

Sweet Cake House Columbia, SC (803) 749-9668 www.sweetcakehouse.com Sweeties West Columbia, SC (803) 319-0111 www.sweetiescakes.com Tiffany’s Bakery & Eatery Columbia, SC (803) 736-2253 www.tiffanysofcolumbia.com

Greenville – Upstate Area A Taste of Heaven Greenville, SC (864) 269-6099 www.atasteofheaven-online.com Strossmer’s Bakery Greenville, SC (864) 233-3996 www.strossmers.com U Designs Greenville, SC (864) 404-0026 www.udesignsweddings.com

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area Ronnie’s Bakery Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 842-4707

Diane’s Cakes & More Florence, SC (843) 669-4604 www.dianescakesandmore.com

Sheri’s Edible Designs Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 683-3132 www.sherisedibledesigns.com

Simply Delicious and Catering W. Columbia, SC (803) 936-0522 www.simplydelicioustoo.com

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Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area Antonio’s Bakery Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-3327 Awesome Party Planners N. Myrtle Beach, (843) 385-0765 www.awesomepartyplanners.com Creative Cake Designs by Bobbie Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 650-5925 www.creativecakedesigns.biz Croissants Bistro & Bakery Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-2253 www.croissants.net

Diane’s Cakes & More Florence, SC (843) 669-4604 www.dianescakesandmore.com Incredible Edible Cakes Pawleys Island, SC (843) 237-5040 www.incredibleediblecakes.com Kudzu Bakery Pawleys Island, SC (843) 235-8560 www.kudzubakery.com Priceless Desserts & Gourmet Foods Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 497-6007 www.pricelessdesserts.com Trestle Bakery & Cafe Conway, SC (843) 488-2069 www.trestlebakery.com

Catering

Charleston Area Beyond Expectations Charleston, SC (843) 573-0012 www.beyondxpectations.com Carolina Catering Charleston, SC (843) 577-7188 www.carolinacaters.com Cricket & Kyles’s Catering Charleston, SC (843) 224-0530 www.cricketandkyle.com Cru Catering Charleston, SC (843) 534-2433 www.crucatering.com 258

Duvall Catering & Event Design Charleston, SC (843) 763-9222 www.eventsbyduvall.com Good Food Catering Charleston, SC (843) 723-7952 www.goodfoodcatering.net Gourmet Bay Catering Johns Island, SC (843) 557-1257 www.gourmetbay.net Hamby Catering and Events Charleston, SC (843) 571-3103 www.hambycatering.com


Catering continued Mediterra Catering Charleston, SC (843) 571-1410 www.mediterracatering.com

Southern Way Catering Columbia, SC (803) 783-9136 www.thesouthernway.com

Regal Catering & Spiritline Cruises Charleston, SC (843) 766-6161 www.regalcatering.net

Steven W’s Downtown Bistro Newberry, SC (803) 276-7700 www.stevenws.com

Tidewater Catering Charleston, SC (843) 762-9200 www.foodforthesouthernsoul.com

Sweet Magnolia’s Catering Pelion, SC (803) 894-7751

Greater Columbia Area

Traveling Trio Catering with Class Columbia, SC (803) 781-5951

AngelSkye Innovations W. Columbia, SC (803) 586-6868 www.angelskye.net

Truly Scrumptious Catering Lexington, SC (803) 957-2092 www.trulyscrumptioussc.com

Applause Catering Columbia, SC (803) 933-9580 www.applausecatering.net Blue Marlin Signature Catering Columbia, SC (803) 227-3360 www.signaturecaterings.com Doza Rizen Cafe Chapin, SC (803) 345-2981 www.dozarizen.com Dupre Land Columbia, SC (803) 748-4144 www.vistaeventsonline.com Paul’s Philadelphia Eatery Columbia, SC (803) 779-3493 www.paulsphiladelphiaeatery.com

Greenville – Upstate Area Bagatelle Caterers Greenville, SC (864) 322-9001 www.bagatellecaterers.com Chocolate Diva Simpsonville, SC (864) 304-4121 www.thechocolatediva.com Elegant Gourmet Café & Catering Simpsonville, SC (864) 962-2233 www.elegantgourmetcafe.net Holmes Catering Spartanburg, SC (864) 585-0034 www.thechocolatemasters.com Mug & Muffin Café & Catering Greenville, SC (864) 370-9350 www.mugandmuffin.com 259


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Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area

Carolina Catering Beaufort, SC (843) 441-2112 www.carolinacaters.com

410 Main Cafe & Catering Conway, SC (843) 381-0112

Catering by Debbi Covington Beaufort, SC (843) 525-0350 www.cateringbydebbiecovington.com Christines Go Go Gourmet & Cafe Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 785-4646 Sandstone Catering Cuisine by Aram Haroutunian Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 681-5732 www.sandstonecateringhhi.com Smokey Chef Catering Beaufort, SC (843) 489-4800 www.smokeychef.com

Awesome Party Planners N. Myrtle Beach, (843) 385-0765 www.awesomepartyplanners.com Croissants Bistro & Bakery Myrtle Beach, (843) 448-2253 www.croissants.net Hotz Catering and Rental Myrtle Beach, SC (800) 990-1599 www.hotzcatering.com Ice Sensations of Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 455-7338 www.icesensations.com Icey Productions Professional Caterers Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 361-0252 www.iceycater.com Inlet Affairs Murrells Inlet, SC (843) 651-2904 www.inletaffairs.com

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Ceremony Sites and Officiants

Charleston Area A Beautiful Ceremony in Stevie’s Charleston Garden Charleston, SC (843) 769-0462 www.abeautifulweddinginsteviescharlest ongarden.com Body & Soul on Maybank Charleston, SC (843) 795-1100 www.bodyandsoultherapy.com Low Country Wedding Minister Charleston, SC (843) 607-7037 www.lowcountryweddingminister.com Mobile Marriage Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 971-0999 www.mobilemarriage.com Tidewater Chapel Mt Pleasant, SC (843) 881-8738 www.tidewaterchapel.com

Greater Columbia Area ABK Wedding Officiants Columbia, SC (803) 223-4053 www.abkweddings.com Aldersgate United Methodist Church Sumter, SC (803) 775-1602 www.aldersgatesumter.org Corley Mill House & Garden Lexington, SC (803) 958-1818 www.corelymillhouse.com

Events on a Shoestring Lexington, SC (803) 226-1221 www.events-on-a-shoestring.com Wintergreen Woods Wedding Pavilion & Elegant Reception Hall Lexington, SC (803) 957-8888 www.wintergreenwoods.com

Greenville – Upstate Area A Beautiful Affair Of The Heart Greenville, SC (888) 886-6075 www.abeautifulaffairoftheheart.com Rev. Brenda M. Owen Anderson, SC (864) 365-6022 www.weddingwoman.net Solitude Pointe Cleveland, SC (864) 836-4128 www.solitudepointe.com

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area A Wedding by the Sea Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 342-3981 www.aweddingbythesea.com Historic Port Royal Foundation Port Royal, SC (843) 522-9923 www.historicportroyalfoundation.org Old Sheldon Church Ruins Seabrook, SC (843) 466-0151 www.discoversouthcarolina.com 261


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Myrtle Beach â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Grand Strand Area First Baptist Church Georgetown, SC (843) 527-6421 www.fbcgeorgetown.org Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church Pawleys Island, SC (843) 237-4581 www.pipcusa.org

Seaside Wedding Chapel Little River, SC (843) 249-3146 www.seasideweddingchapel.com Together Forever Wedding Chapel N. Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 361-0104 www.mbweddings.com Wedding Chapel by the Sea Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 282-5167 www.weddingchapelbythesea.com

Consultants and Wedding Planners

Charleston Area Blue Moon Events Charleston, SC (843) 641-0055 www.bluemooncharleston.com Carolina Celebrations Charleston, SC (843) 469-7159 www.carolinacelebrations.com Distinctive Events Charleston, SC (843) 723-1355 www.distinctiveevents.com

Southern Chic Weddings Charleston, SC (843) 270-7837 www.southernchicweddings.com Twin River Lanes Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 884-7735 www.twinriverlanes.com White Tuxedo Productions Charleston, SC (843) 709-5050 www.whitetuxedoproductions.com

Greater Columbia Area

Low Country Wedding Minister Charleston, SC (843) 607-7037 www.lowcountryweddingminister.com

AngelSkye Innovations W. Columbia, SC (803) 586-6868 www.angelskye.net

Marlene Hager Events Charleston, SC (843) 224-7579 www.marlenehagerevents.com

Arthur & Evans Event & Wedding Planning Columbia, SC (803) 237-3477 www.arthurandevans.com

Peacock Events Charleston, SC (843) 270-5693 www.peacockeventscharleston.com 262

Chain of Events Columbia, SC (803) 447-6348 www.gatheringguide.com


Consultants and Wedding Planners continued Dreamy Affairs Weddings Lexington, SC (803) 727-6357 www.dreamyaffairs.com

Willrich Bridal Simpsonville, SC (864) 313-1944 www.willrichbridal.com

Elegant of Design Columbia, SC (803) 661-2797 www.simplyelegance.info

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area

Robin Cannon Columbia, SC (803) 957-6249 www.palmettobizbuzz.com Shannon Baker Weddings & Events Columbia, SC (803) 767-4727 www.sbweddingsandevents.com Your Perfect Day Columbia, SC (803) 673-1571 www.yourperfectdayproductions.com

Greenville – Upstate Area All in the Details Greenville, SC (864) 525-9018 www.allinthedetails.us

Amanda Rose Weddings, Inc. Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 757-9205 www.amandaroseweddings.com Be My Guest Beaufort, SC (843) 379-0284 www.bemyguestsc.com D. Scott Concierge Beaufort, SC (843) 322-0206 www.thebeautifulcornerstone.com Southern Weddings Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 757-8400 www.southernweddings.com

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area

B & R Events Greenville, SC (864) 420-1398 www.bandreventssc.com

Coastal Wedding Professionals N. Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 504-9775 www.coastalweddingprofessionals.com

Rose’s Weddings & Floral Design Easley, SC (864) 201-6771 www.rosesweddings.org

J. Rowe Events & Weddings Pawleys Island, SC (843) 650-2071 www.jroweeventsandweddings.com

Southern Panache Events, LLC Greer, SC (864) 292-2804 www.southernpanacheevents.com

Your Day Your Way Pawleys Island, SC (843) 455-0604 www.yourday-yourway.org

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Decorations and Rental Items

Charleston Area

Greenville â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Upstate Area

Carolina Rental Center Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 884-0034

American Party Tent Rental Campobello, SC (864) 468-4275 www.aptrinc.com

Snyder Party Rentals N. Charleston, SC (843) 766-3366 www.snydereventrentals.com Space Walk of Charleston Ladson, SC (843) 330-6003 www.herecomesfun.com All Occasions Charleston, SC (843) 554-6335 www.alloccasionsparty.com

Greater Columbia Area All Occasion Party Rentals Wagener, SC (803) 564-5543 www.alloccasionpartyrentals.net Bravo! Event & Party Rentals Florence, SC (843) 413-0525 www.myeventsolutions.com Celebrations Columbia Incorporated Columbia, SC (803) 939-2739 Palmetto Party Rental Columbia, SC (803) 794-0010 www.palmettopartyrental.com Rentzall Chapin, SC (803) 345-0054 www.rentzall.com 264

And Why Not Balloons Spartanburg, SC (864) 595-3636 www.andwhynotballoons.com Ice Magic Duncan, SC (864) 486-8851 www.icemagicsc.com Professional Party Rentals Greenville, SC (864) 627-8808 www.professionalpartyrentals.com Tri-County Rental Easley, SC (864) 306-7751 www.tri-countyrentals.com

Hilton Head Island â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Beaufort Area Affairs to Remember Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 342-9338 www.affairstorememberhhi.com Celebration Supplies Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 842-9697 www.celebrationsupplies.com Royal Restrooms Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 683-1001 www.royalrestrooms.com


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Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area Gray Line of Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-9483 www.grayline.com Hotz Catering and Rental Myrtle Beach, SC (800) 990-1599 www.hotzcatering.com

Presley Tent Rental Kingstree, SC (843) 356-0994 Rent-A-Party Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-8568 www.rent-a-partyonline.com Surfside Rent Mart Surfside Beach, SC (843) 238-1226

Catering By Nina Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-3663

Favors, Special Touches and Gifts

Charleston Area Charleston Candy Company Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 884-6870 www.charlestoncandycompany.com Coastal Cupboard Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 856-4321 www.thecoastalcupboard.com Hood’s Florist & Gifts Charleston, SC (843) 552-0331 www.hoodsflorist.com Seaside Gift Baskets Charleston, SC (843) 278-2265 www.seasidegiftbaskets.com

Greater Columbia Area Chocolate Wonderland Lexington, SC (803) 957-5002

Finleaf Gallery Columbia, SC (803) 254-8327 www.finleaf.com Palmetto Fine Arts & Custom Frame Gallery Chapin, SC (803) 932-0265 www.palmettoarts.com Porter’s Gift Shop Florence, SC (843) 669-8062 www.portersgiftshop.com Tea Garden Gifts Aiken, SC (803) 648-6124 www.teagardenofaiken.com

Greenville – Upstate Area Bed Bath & Beyond Greenville, SC (864) 288-3488 www.bedbathandbeyond.com 265


Favors, Special Touches and Gifts continued Carolina Chocolates Greenville, SC (864) 232-7790 www.carolinachocolates.com

Chocolates by the Sea Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 842-8042 www.chocolatesbythesea.com

Foxfire Gallery and Kitchen Shops Greenville, SC (864) 242-0742 www.foxfireshops.com

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area Bitty’s Flower Shop, Inc Beaufort, SC (800) 809-6999 www.bittysflowershop.net Chocolate Canopy Ltd. Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 842-4567 www.chocolatecanopy.com The Chocolate Tree Beaufort, SC (843) 524-7980 www.thechocolatetree.us

Canipes Chocolates Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 839-3350 www.canipeschocolate.com Humidor Georgetown, SC (843) 546-5108 Porter’s Gift Shop Florence, SC (843) 669-8062 www.portersgiftshop.com Tula Blu Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 497-9717 Wine Styles Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 236-4949 www.winestyles.net

Florists

Charleston Area Belva’s Flower Shop Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 884-9576 www.belvasflowershop.com Blanche Darby Florist Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 971-0559 www.bdarbyflorist.com

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Frampton’s Flowers Charleston, SC (843) 723-3656 www.framptonsflowers.com Hood’s Florist & Gifts Charleston, SC (843) 552-0331 www.hoodsflorist.com


Florists continued Keepsakes Florist Charleston, SC (800) 541-3628 www.keepsakesflorist.net

Woodley’s Garden Center Columbia, SC (803) 788-1487 www.woodleygardencenter.com

Petals by Pamela, LLC Charleston, SC (843) 324-1725 www.petalsbypamela.com

Greenville – Upstate Area

Greater Columbia Area

A Arrangement Florist Spartanburg, SC (864) 583-1314 www.aarrangementflorist.com

Chapin Flower & Gift Chapin, SC (803) 345-9955 www.chapinflowerandgift.com

Dahlia Greenville, SC (864) 232-0112 www.dahliaonline.com

Chastain Fine Floral LLC Columbia, SC (803) 917-2722 www.chastainsfloral.com

Embassy Greenville, SC (864) 282-8600 www.embassy-flowers.com

Flower Baskets by Becky Darlington, SC (843) 393-0040 www.beckysflowerbasket.com

Expressions Unlimited Greenville, SC (864) 232-8269 www.expressions24-7.com

Hines Florist Hartsville, SC (843) 332-0902 www.hinesflowers.com

Greenville Pelham Florist Greenville, SC (864) 297-9888 www.greenville-pelham-florist.com

Lake Murray Flower Shoppe Chapin, SC (803) 932-7001 www.lakemurrayflowershoppe.com

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area

Silks by Serena Darlington, SC (843) 395-6818 Weddings by Woolbright’s Newberry, SC (800) 364-6965

A Floral Affair Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 681-8700 www.afloralaffairweddings.com/weddings A Floral Affair At Moss Creek Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 681-8700 www.afloralaffairhhi.com

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Florists continued Bitty’s Flower Shop, Inc Beaufort, SC (800) 809-6999 www.bittysflowershop.net

Greenskeeper Florist Pawleys Island, SC (843) 237-2013 www.greenskeeperflorist.com

Flowers by Sue, Inc Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 842-8778 www.flowersbysue.com

Jordan’s 501 Nursery & Florist Conway, SC (843) 365-2036 www.jordans501florist.com

Island Flowers Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 681-4145

Lazelle’s Flower Shop Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-3433 www.lazellesflowers.com

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area

North Myrtle Beach Florist N. Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 361-4125 www.northmyrtlebeachflorist.com

Bloomers Georgetown, SC (843) 527-4083

Petals & Plants Murrells Inlet, SC (843) 651-2002 www.petalsandplantsinc.com

Fresh Cut Florist & Decor Conway, SC (843) 488-0859 www.fcfdecor.com

Gift Registry

Charleston Area Bed Bath & Beyond N. Charleston, SC (843) 569-0289 www.bedbathandbeyond.com Belk Charleston, SC (843) 571-5420 www.belk.com Charleston Cooks! Charleston, SC (843) 722-1212 www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com

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Coastal Cupboard Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 856-4321 www.thecoastalcupboard.com Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 884-9518 www.gwynns.com Pottery Barn Charleston, SC (843) 723-1502 www.potterybarn.com Vieuxtemps Charleston, SC (843) 723-7309 www.vieuxtemps.net


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Greater Columbia Area Bed Bath & Beyond Columbia, SC (803) 776-9702 www.bedbathandbeyond.com Belk Columbia, SC (803) 782-2600 www.belk.com Chapin Furniture & Accessories Chapin, SC (803) 932-4052 www.chapinfurniture.com Non(e)such Columbia, SC (803) 254-0772 www.nonesuchltd.com Porter’s Gift Shop Florence, SC (843) 669-8062 www.portersgiftshop.com Williams-Sonoma Columbia, SC (803) 749-4442 www.williams-sonoma.com

Greenville – Upstate Area Bed Bath & Beyond Greenville, SC (864) 288-3488 www.bedbathandbeyond.com Belk Greenville, SC (864) 297-3200 www.belk.com

The Cook’s Station Greenville, SC (864) 250-0091 www.thecooksstation.com Foxfire Gallery and Kitchen Shops Greenville, SC (864) 242-0742 www.foxfireshops.com Kate Carlyle Greenville, SC (864) 421-0440 www.katecarlyle.com Pottery Barn Greenville, SC (864) 329-0227 www.potterybarn.com Things Remembered Greenville, SC (864) 676-9507 www.thingsremembered.com Williams-Sonoma Greenville, SC (864) 234-7740 www.williams-sonoma.com

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area Bed Bath & Beyond Bluffton, SC (843) 836-2855 www.bedbathandbeyond.com Belk Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 686-8710 www.belk.com Williams-Sonoma Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 785-2408 www.williams-sonoma.com 269


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Myrtle Beach â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Grand Strand Area Bed Bath & Beyond Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 839-2915 www.bedbathandbeyond.com Belk Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-1516 www.belk.com

Pottery Barn Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 238-0361 www.potterybarn.com Things Remembered Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 839-2940 www.thingsremembered.com Williams-Sonoma Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 238-2029 www.williams-sonoma.com

Porterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Gift Shop Florence, SC (843) 669-8062 www.portersgiftshop.com

Guest Accommodations

Charleston Area 1837 Bed and Breakfast / Tea Room Charleston, SC (843) 723-7166 www.1837bb.com Andrew Pinckney Inn Charleston, SC (843) 937-8800 www.andrewpinckneyinn.com Ashley Inn Bed & Breakfast Charleston, SC (843) 723-1848 www.charleston-sc-inns.com Charleston Place Hotel Charleston, SC (843) 772-4900 www.charlestonplacehotel.com Francis Marion Charleston, SC (843) 722-0600 www.thefrancismarionhotel.com 270

Hampton House Walterboro, SC (843) 542-9498 www.hamptonhousebandb.com Hampton Inn CharlestonHistoric District Charleston, SC (843) 723-4000 www.charlestonhistoricdistrict. hamptoninn.com Joseph Aiken Mansion Carriage House Charleston, SC (843) 478-8808 www.charlottestcarriagehouse.com Meeting Street Inn Charleston, SC (843) 723-1882 www.meetingstreetinn.com


Guest Accommodations continued

Greater Columbia Area 1425 Inn Columbia, SC (803) 252-7225 www.the1425inn.com Able House Inn Leesville, SC (803) 532-2763 www.ablehouseinn.com Hampton Inn - Sumter Sumter, SC (803) 469-2222 www.hampton-inn.com/hi/sumter Jameson Inn Columbia Columbia, SC (803) 736-6666 www.jamesoninns.com Sheraton Columbia Downtown Hotel Columbia, SC (803) 988-1400 www.sheratonhotels.com Staybridge Suites Columbia, SC (803) 451-5900 www.ichotelsgroup.com

Greenville – Upstate Area

Hilton Greenville Greenville, SC (864) 232-4747 www.greenvillesc.com Hunter House Antiques & Bed Breakfast Simpsonville, SC (864) 967-2827 www.hunterhousebedandbreakfast.com Red Horse Inn Landrum, SC (864) 895-4968 www.theredhorseinn.com

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area Best Western Sea Island Inn Beaufort, SC (843) 522-2090 www.sea-island-inn.com Country Inn & Suites Beaufort Beaufort, SC (843) 379-4000 www.countryinns.com Hilton Garden Inn Hilton Head Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 837-8111 www.HiltonGardenInn.Hilton.com

Embassy Suites Hotel - Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center Greenville, SC (864) 676-9090 www.embassysuites.hilton.com

Hilton Head Marriott Resort & Spa Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 686-8476 www.hiltonheadmarriott.com

Hilton Garden Inn - Anderson Anderson, SC (864) 964-0100 www.anderson.gardeninn.com

Hilton Oceanfront Resort Hilton Head Island Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 341-8063 www.hiltonoceanfrontresort.com

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Guest Accommodations continued

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area Anderson Ocean Club & Spa Myrtle Beach, SC (866) 270-2263 www.andersonoceanclubonline.com Baywatch Resort & Conference Center Myrtle Beach, SC (866) 270-2263 www.baywatchresort.com Compass Cove Resort Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-8373 www.compasscove.com

Coral Beach Resort & Suites Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-8421 www.CoralBeachMyrtleBeachResort.com Crown Reef Resort at South Beach Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 626-8077 www.crownreef.com Gazebo Inn Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-9435 www.gazeboinn.com Harbor House Bed and Breakfast Georgetown, SC (843) 546-6532 www.harborhousebb.com

Honeymoon and Travel

Charleston Area Charleston Travel & Cruise Center Charleston, SC (843) 556-8646 www.charlestontravel.com

Greater Columbia Area B and A Travel Columbia, SC (803) 732-5847 www.bandatravel.com

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Cruise & Travel VIP Columbia, SC (800) 698-6097 www.506travel.com

Greenville – Upstate Area Freedom Travel, Inc. Greenville, SC (864) 288-7077 www.greenvillecwt.com


Invitations

Charleston Area

Greenville – Upstate Area

Calligraphy by Paige Tanenbaum Charleston, SC (843) 367-6705 www.calligraphybypaige.com/contact.html

Gage’s Greenville, SC (864) 233-6178 www.gagesonaugusta.com

Dulles Designs LLC Charleston, SC (843) 805-7166 www.dullesdesigns.com

Invitations on Pine Spartanburg, SC (864) 582-8868 www.invitationsonpine.com

Graceful Paper Charleston, SC (843) 412-2411 www.gracefulpaper.com

Robin Lindsay Fine Art & Design Charleston, SC (603) 727-8581 www.robinlindsay.net

Robin Lindsay Fine Art & Design Charleston, SC (603) 727- 8581 www.robinlindsay.net

Swoozie’s Greenville, SC (864) 676-9428 www.swoozies.com

Scratch Pad Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 884-3433

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area

Greater Columbia Area

Be My Guest Beaufort, SC (843) 379-0284

Copy Shop Sumter, SC (803) 775-2679 www.thecopyshop.net

Paper & Party Plantation Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 342-2273

Invitation Station Inc Columbia, SC (803) 790-7797 www.invitationstationonline.com

Pretty Papers & Gifts Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 341-5116 www.prettypapersandgifts.com

Robin Lindsay Fine Art & Design Charleston, SC (603) 727-8581 www.robinlindsay.net

Robin Lindsay Fine Art & Design Charleston, SC (603) 727-8581 www.robinlindsay.net

Silver Paper Sumter, SC (803) 775-6757 www.silverpaper.net 273


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Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area

Robin Lindsay Fine Art & Design Charleston, SC (603) 727-8581 www.robinlindsay.net

Custom Printing Georgetown, SC (843) 545-0394

Traci Green Calligraphy & Design Pawleys Island, SC (843) 455-5646 www.tracigreendesigns.com

Prissy Ink Conway, SC (843) 488-1020 www.prissyink.com

Jewelry

Charleston Area Buckar Jewelry Architects Charleston, SC (843) 937-8400 www.buckar.com Byrnes Jewelers Summerville, SC (843) 873-2351 Croghans Jewel Box Charleston, SC (843) 723-3594 www.croghansjewelbox.com

Paulo Geiss Jewelers Charleston, SC (843) 577-4497 www.geissjewelers.com Polly’s Fine Jewelry S. Charleston, SC (843) 884-2447 www.pollysjewelry.com Sara’s Boutique & Bridal Moncks Corner, SC (843) 761-9400

Greater Columbia Area

Dazzles Jewelry Store Charleston, SC (843) 722-5950 www.dazzlesjewelry.com

Carolina Fine Jewelry Columbia, SC (803) 736-9703 www.carolinafinejewelry.com

Dorchester Jewelers & Gifts Summerville, SC (843) 873-4631

David’s Fine Jewelry Columbia, SC (803) 732-1235 www.davidsfinejewelry.com

Harrison, Newsome & Fryer Jewelers Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 388-2345 Nice Ice Fine Jewelry Charleston, SC (843) 577-7029 274

Galloway & Moseley Sumter, SC (803) 775-1209


Jewelry continued Reeds Jewelers Florence, SC (843) 667-0861 www.reeds.com

High Tide Beads Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 686-4367 www.site.hightidebeads.com

Sylvan’s Columbia, SC (803) 779-2250 www.sylvans.com

The Goldsmith Shop Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 785-2538 www.thegoldsmithshop.com

Greenville – Upstate Area

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area

Cochran Jewelry Co Greenville, SC (864) 233-3641 www.cochranjewelry.com JB Lacher Jewelers Greenville, SC (864) 232-7385 www.jblacher.com Jewelry By Design Greenville, SC (864) 235-9692 Pace Jewelers Greenville, SC (864) 232-3436 Plaza Jewelers Greenville, SC (864) 241-0690

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area Forsythe Jewelers Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 671-7070 www.forsythejewelers.biz

A Silver Shack Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 445-7910 www.silvershackonline.com Eleanor Pitts Pawleys Island, SC (843) 237-8080 www.eleanorpitts.com Galloway & Moseley Florence, SC (843) 292-0150 www.gallowayandmoseley.com Grady’s Jewelers Conway, SC (843) 248-2624 www.gradysjewelers.com Shirley’s Jewelers Conway, SC (843) 248-3652 Vicki Lyn Michael’s Jewelers Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 497-2757

Geiss & Sons Jewelers Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 842-2198 www.geissandsons.com 275


Music and Entertainment

Charleston Area Complete Music & Video Charleston, SC (843) 856-7177 www.completemg.com Fat Cat Productions Charleston, SC (843) 555-1133 www.fatcatproductions.com Jay Maxwell’s Music By Request LLC Charleston, SC (843) 832-3535 www.jaymaxwell.com Music Maker Dj Service Inc N. Charleston, SC (843) 767-2387 www.themusicmaker.org Pro Wedding Entertainment Charleston, SC (843) 763-3950 www.proweddingentertainment.com

Greater Columbia Area

Paul Delight & Band Lexington, SC (803) 356-3492

Greenville – Upstate Area Dan Kirsop, Trumpet Greenville, SC (864) 346-2404 Harp for All Occasions Greenville, SC (864) 680-5920 www.harpandviolin.org Piedmont Brass Greenville, SC (864) 834-3798 www.thepiedmontbrass.com Scottish Sound Boiling Springs, SC (864) 266-8649 www.scottishsound.com

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area

Capital Ballroom Dance Studio Columbia, SC (803) 799-2080

Hilton Head Entertainment Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 689-3445 www.hiltonheadentertainment.com

Marchbanks Entertainment Columbia, SC (803) 665-5636 www.marchbanksentertainment.com

Westwind Entertainment Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 341-2005 www.westwindentertainment.com

Music & More To Go Columbia, SC (803) 730-8815 www.musicandmoretogo.com

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area

Party Time Dj’s Irmo, SC (803) 779-1003 partytimessc.com 276

Awesome Party Planners N. Myrtle Beach, (843) 385-0765 www.awesomepartyplanners.com


Music and Entertainment continued Coastal Enterainers Little River, SC (843) 446-6411 www.coastalentertainers.com

Mixinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Dixon Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 997-0107 www.mixindixon.com

DJ Marino Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 424-3390 www.djmarino.net

Music on the Strand N. Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 272-3335 www.musiconthestrand.com

Markay Entertainment Myrtle Beach, SC (800) 681-9232 www.markayentertainment.com

Premier DJ Entertainment Myrtle Beach, SC (866) 318-7353 www.pdje.net

Photography and Video

Charleston Area Bell Digital Mediaâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Renaissance Weddings Charleston, SC (877) 249-6891 www.renaissanceweds.com Carodel Photography Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 216-0210 www.carodel.com Christine Wall Studio Charleston, SC (843) 556-6387 www.christinewallphoto.com Damon R Smith Photography Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 693-0705 www.dsmithphoto.com Gissendanner Photography Charleston, SC (843) 769-5020 www.gissendanner.com

Jim Gund Photography Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 971-0542 www.jimgund.com Moore Memories Summerville, SC (843) 875-1004 www.moorememories.com Richard Bell Photography N. Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 767-6888 www.charlestonwedding.com Ring Photography Mt. Pleasant, SC (843) 881-1936 www.ringphotography.com Robbin Knight Photography Charleston, SC (843) 766-8990 www.rkdp.com Sandlapper Photography Summerville, SC (843) 327-5949 www.sandlapperphotography.com 277


Photography and Video continued

Greater Columbia Area Chapin Portrait Studio Chapin, SC (803) 730-5056 www.chapinportraitstudio.com Collin M. Smith Portrait Photography Florence, SC (843) 665-4646 www.cmsmithportraits.com Courtney Dox Photography Chapin, SC (803) 318-2318 www.courtneydoxphotography.com Jay Browne Photography W. Columbia, SC (803) 351-9986 www.jaybrownephotography.com K & B Productions Cheraw, SC (843) 9100490 www.kandbproductions.com

Greenville – Upstate Area Cox Photography Greenville S.C. 29601, SC (864) 233-9993 www.coxphotography.net Heather Johnson Photography Easley, SC (864) 561-7552 www.heatherjohnsonphotography.net Life Song Video Productions Spartanburg, SC (864) 706-0317 www.liesongvideoproductions.com

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Olivia Griffin Photography Greer, SC (864) 356-0715 www.oliviagriffinphotography.com Scott Holloway Photography Greenville, SC (864) 908-5503 www.scottholloway.com

Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area Brackett Photography Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 298-7427 www.brackettphotography.com Greg Flory Photography Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 842-9574 www.floryphotography.com La Bella Vita Photography Port Royal, SC (843) 470-1646 www.labellavitaimages.com Mark Staff Photography Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 689-5270 www.markstaffphotography.com Memory Lane Portraits Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 363-6600 www.memorylaneportraits.com


Photography and Video continued

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area Captain Dan’s Photography Conway, SC (843) 283-8833 www.captaindansphotography.com Carter Studios Inc Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 293-2301 www.carterstudios.com Crystal Lee Photography Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 655-6528 www.CrystalLeePhotography.com Fabulous Reflections by Julie Georgetown, SC (843) 546-6848 www.fabulousreflectionsbyjulie.com

Gene Ho Photography N. Myrtle Beach, SC (866) 626-3381 www.geneho.com Hart to Heart Media Surfside Beach, SC (843) 828-4188 www.harttoheartmedia.com Mbphoto Inc Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 444-5600 www.myrtlebeachphotography.com Melissa Skidmore Photography N. Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 450-0924 www.melissaskidmorephotography.com Photography by Matthew Baugh Pawleys Island, SC (843) 602-3883 www.mpbaugh.com

Transportation

Charleston Area A Stretch Limousine Service Charleston, SC (843) 817-7104 www.astretchlimousineservice.com

Palmetto Carriage Tours Charleston, SC (843) 723-8145 www.carriagetour.com Prime Time Charleston Charleston, SC (843) 478-6778 www.primetimecharleston.com

AAA A Stretch Limousine Service LLC Charleston, SC (843) 879-9876 www.extremelimousinesc.com

Greater Columbia Area

Absolutely Charleston Charleston, SC (843) 747-4448 www.absolutelycharleston.com

Captain Telegram Columbia, SC (803) 256-3737 www.captaintelegram.com

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Transportation continued Deluxe Cab Irmo, SC (877) 803-4226 www.deluxecabllc.com South Carolina VIP Tours Columbia, SC (803) 254-6944 www.scviptours.com Southern Valet Columbia, SC (803) 376-0085 www.southernvalet.com Topp Limousine Service Wedgefield, SC (803) 407-7844 www.topplimo1.com

Greenville – Upstate Area A Quality Transport Service Greenville, SC (864) 295-0110 www.a-qualitylimo.com Main Street Trolley Roebuck, SC (864) 574-9876 www.mainstreettrolley.com Star Transportation Greenville, SC (864) 593-7043 www.startransportationgreenville.com Whispering Winds Carriage Company Greenville, SC (864) 220-3650 www.downtowncarriage.com

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Hilton Head Island – Beaufort Area Advantage Transportation Hilton Head Island, SC (843) 683-7348 www.myhhcabs.com Camelot Limousine Bluffton, SC (843) 842-7777 www.hiltonheadlimo.com Palmetto Breeze Bluffton, SC (843) 757-5782 www.palmettobreeze.com Southern Rose Buggy Tours Beaufort, SC (843) 524-2900 www.southurnrose.com

Myrtle Beach – Grand Strand Area Atlantic Coast Limousine Surfside Beach, SC (843) 254-5466 www.atlanticcoastlimousine.com Carolina Limousine Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 294-5466 www.carolinalimo.com Gray Line of Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 448-9483 www.grayline.com Ritz Limousines Myrtle Beach, SC (843) 497-7288 www.ritzlimo.net


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Photo courtesy of Crystal Lee Photography www.CrystalLeePhotography.com

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Additional Resource Suggestions Resource List Below is an additional list of resources regarding a variety of specific wedding issues. The resource list has a few of my favorite magazines and books related to the wedding industry and beyond. These resources go into greater detail about topics such as style, budgets, family issues and beauty. Small Budget How to Have a Big Wedding on a Small Budget by Diane Warner Style Martha Stewart Weddings Non-Traditional Wedding Weddings for Grown Ups by Carroll Stone Etiquette Planning Your Complete Wedding Planner by Marjabelle Young Stewart Somebody is Going to Die if LillyBeth Doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Catch the Bouquet by Gayden Metcalfe and Charlotte Hays Religion Interfaith Wedding Ceremonies by Dovetail Publishing Exercise and Relaxation 101 Essential Yoga Tips by Sivananda Yoga Veendanta Centre Beauty Cindy Crawfordâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Basic Face by Cindy Crawford Ultimate Makeup Beauty by Mary Quant 282


South Carolina Bridal Shows Be sure to visit our website for the most up to date listing of bridal shows in South Carolina. www.thebookforallbrides.com

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Southern Bridal Show at the Charleston Area Convention in August Southern Bridal Show at the Charleston Area Convention in February The Georgia Bridal Show at the Savannah Civic Center in February A Wonderful Wedding���s Bridal Extravaganza at the Gaillard Auditorium

Myrtle Beach Area Shows  The Wedding Showcase at Florence Civic Center in Florence, SC in January  The Wedding Showcase at Myrtle Beach Convention Center in Myrtle Beach in January  Bridal Show at Marriott Hotel Grand Dunes in Myrtle Beach

Columbia Area Shows  Chapin Bridal Expo at Chapin Furniture in Chapin, SC in September  St. Andrews Woman’s Club Bridal Showcase at the State Fairgrounds at the Cantey Building in Columbia, SC in January

Greenville and Upstate Area Shows     

Wedding Festivals’ Shows Summer Show at Carolina First Center in Greenville in September Winter Show at Carolina First Center in Greenville in January Winter Show at Asheville Civic Center in Asheville, NC Summer Romance Bridal Soiree at the Magnolia Room at Laurel Creek, Rock Hill SC in August

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Ordering Information Web Site Free Book Promotions This year on our website you can receive one of our free promotional copies. Go to www.theBookforAllBrides.com for more details. Otherwise the book can be purchased for only $9.95: Ordering Locations:

On the Web: www.amazon.com www.bn.com

Bookstores: Borders Barnes and Noble And many independent bookstores throughout South Carolina

Special Promotions: You will see our book throughout the year at special promotions. See our website order page for locations near you to get a copy of the book.

Mail Order: For your convenience we have placed an order form on the next page.

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d ATTENTION BRIDES! If you would like to have one of your wedding photographs published in our next edition please send us an electronic copy (in jpeg or tif file format) and include the photographers name. Email us at: info@theBookforAllBrides.com

ATTENTION Photographers Caterers and Cake Makers Florists Musicians DJâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Wedding Planners Banquet/Reception/Rehearsal Site Managers Hotel Managers Restaurant Managers and Transportation/Limousine Service Providers If you are interested in being in our next edition, due out in July 2011, please give us a call or email usâ&#x20AC;Śwe would love to work with you!

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