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programs and stationery o order formal wear for groom and attendants o book hair and makeup o wedding cake and groom’s cake 2 MONtHs BEFORE o final dress fitting o finalize ceremony details: and reception o wedding dress. wedding consultant o photographer and videographer o music . florist.bride buzz: wEddING CHECkLIST 12 MONtHs BEFORE tHE WEDDiNG o set a budget o select a theme. gifts. colors. 6 . etc. headpiece and accessories o bridesmaid’s dresses o begin compiling guest list o be sure to sign contracts! 9 MONtHs BEFORE o register for china. o ceremony date. etc. etc. time and site o book officiant o reserve the reception site o select your attendants o caterer.8 WEEKs BEFORE o mail invitations o photo list for photographer and videographer o send announcement to newspaper 2 WEEKs BEFORE o pick up wedding gown o marriage license o put all necessities in one bag or container for easy transport 1 WEEK BEFORE o guest count to caterer o check in with all service providers o inform attendants and family where to be and when the little black book for every busy woman : name of section : 51 the briDe GuiDe . etc. seating chart. o plan the honeymoon! o send out save the date cards 6 MONtHs BEFORE o order bridesmaid’s dresses and flower girl’s dress o current visas and passports? o Discuss rehearsal dinner with groom 4 MONtHs BEFORE o finalize guest list o order invitations. carriage. o gifts for bridal party o cake knife and champagne glasses for toast o guest registration book o wedding rings o select who will be in charge of what on day of o plan your getaway .

com/wedding 217 Lucas St. Makeup and Gifts. (Salon) 843. SC 29464 tel See our ad page 37 . Facials. Makeup Lessons.9797 or 800. SC 29401 tel 843. Offering in store and on location See our ad back cover sweet 185 Body sugaring studio & organic Boutique The only sweet spot in Charleston providing the most accommodating. let us prepare you for the aisle. 100% Mink the spa at charleston Place Located on the 4th Floor of Charleston Place Hotel.329. 205 Meeting Street. Mt. ssekodesigns.2500. Donna Bella Hair Extensions.577. wrap style sandals made with 100% dupioni silk from Sseko Designs.sweetbodysugaring. Bridal Suite. Suite H.NOVA www. Powder Puffs to Brushes Charleston’s premier beauty boutique and lash bar! Providing semi-permanent Lash Extensions.the little black book for every busy woman : name of section : 52 the briDe GuiDe busy woman tips BEAUTY CONTINUED.0909. Customized Bridal & Bachelorette Events • Full Menu of Sugaring and Holistic Skin and Body Therapies • Oxygen in our Zero Gravity Chairs • Private Event Space • Complimentary Parking • Bridal Party Gift Baskets • Catering Call and speak with our studio’s event concierge to plan your sweet day! NEW LOCATION: 476 King Street.577.powderpuffstobrushes.charlestonplace. (Store) 843. unique and upscale venue for your bridal soiree.3500 www. Bridal Gifts. Hairstyling. SC 29403 tel 843.737. Custom Wedding Sandals Walk down the aisle in lovely. Charleston. The sandals are made by young women at Uganda’s Cornerstone Leadership Academy whose work with Sseko Designs helps provide a stable income and savings for their university education. and additional straps to update the sandal for everyday wear make a perfect bridesmaid’s gift at 50% off the regular stella nova salon spa esthetique & Make-up studio Stella Nova is the bridal expert. Outcall Hair & Make-Up.stella-nova.3790 email: jacey@powderpuffstobrushes. in the heart of downtown Charleston.8522 www. Charleston. Charleston. 292 King Street. Custom Scent Bar. Nail Services. Waxing.. Group discounts are available for your bridesmaids. SC 29401 tel (Spa) www. Airbrush Makeup and Tanning. Pleasant. King Street.723.

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Not only do we provide you with a service but create an granville’s catering Full-service catering for all your special event needs. weddings. Sushi. SC 29405 tel 843. Building 1. etsy. Chef Trae Wilson.5873 or 843. Charleston.granvillescafeandcatering.0486 Catering Manager Jane Murphy.crucatering.3338 email: hailey@savorysushiandcatering.330. corporate and social occasions.1100 email: • Signatures on a photo matte for later framing • Instant snapshots pasted into a photo or scrapbook • Messages in a bottle • A ceramic plate or vase to sign with paint pens • Advice cards put in a vase or recipe box or hung on a tree • Greetings written on the back of puzzle pieces • A customized calendar with notes for each month 1784 Harmon See our ad page 27 Lowcountry eats Delicious Southern Cuisine made with Fresh and Local Ingredients As a full service www.from hors d’oeuvres to specialty beverages and multiple course menus for 2 to 2. Phyllo Pastry Cup Bites and of course.8971 www.the little black book for every busy woman : name of section : 54 the briDe GuiDe busy woman tips catering cru catering Eclectic Modern American Cuisine More than just a catering service.577. Voted Best Caterer 2001 – 2010 by Charleston City Paper readers Voted the Best of Weddings 2010 Pick by The Knot Alternatives to a Traditional Guest Book • Bleu de toi’s hand-drawn fingerprint tree (pictured above). tel 843. Charleston. Carving savory sushi and catering We know that every event is unique and we work with you to create a menu for your special day that fits your individual needs. SC 29412 tel 843.534. 1956-B Maybank Highway.747. tel 843. we present a team of event specialists and culinary experts who will assist you in creating the ultimate experience .com . Charleston. View our sample menus online for some of our specialties including Canapes.savorysushiandcatering. SC 29405 tel 843. Let us cater your next event to enjoy the best of what the Lowcountry Eats! 2872 Azalea Drive. Lowcountry Eats provides you with services for all types of functions including. offering the utmost attention to detail for your event.2433 email: www.000 people.

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❍ Band-Aids ❍ Any medications you may need ❍ Bobby pins ❍ Make-up ❍ Hairspray ❍ Clear nail polish (for pantyhose runs) ❍ Brush ❍ Tissues ❍ Baby powder or white chalk (for covering stains) ❍ Comfortable shoes ❍ Safety pins ❍ Spare pantyhose/stockings ❍ Cell phone & a list of vendors numbers ❍ Water & spirits for a pre-wedding toast with the gals (don’t overdo it) 280 W. You tell us what you Mention The Little Black Book to receive a 10% discount See our ad page 59 JeweLrY it fitz Jewelry by nikki fitzgerald wood We specialize in customized jewelry for the bride. www. SC 29401 tel www. See our ad page 31 fLoraL Design Lotus flower The day you get married is not an ordinary day. Why celebrate with ordinary flowers? No pre-set package deals forcing you to fit a standard. mother of the bride/groom and the bridal party that captures the essence of your special day. one-of-a-kind keepsake. Visit us in our new invitations & stationerY cluucards custom Magnetic cards Shower Invitations • Save the Dates Custom Design Services Available tel 703.the little black book for every busy woman : name of section : 56 the briDe GuiDe busy woman tips chiLDren’s wear southern Belles Exquisite and Unique Children’s Attire & Gifts for Weddings and Special Occasions Emergency Wedding Day Kit No need to say.lotusflowercharleston.8883 www. SC 29464 (Northcutt Plaza Specialty Shops) tel 843. tel 843. “If only I had my _____” on your big day! Gather the following things together to make your own wedding day “emergency kit”. 32 Laurens Street.655. Call us to set up an appointment with one of our designers and visit our online gallery to start exploring ideas.1741 www.343. creating a timeless. Visit the online gallery and contact Nikki for a design consultation.881.534.2837 email: info@lotusflowercharleston.3242 email: nikki@itfitzjewelry. Charleston. and together we plan for your wedding flowers. Coleman Boulevard.

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7979 email: PhotograPhers taylor stewart Photography Taylor Stewart offers candid. but you don’t have to do it all! Delegate some of these responsibilities: ❍ Table and chair set up for the reception. video. ❍ Keep the bride’s weDDing aPPareL Bella Bridesmaid A collection for the modern bridesmaid.bellabridesmaid. audio. ❍ Give bride her shoes to change into at reception. powder. including Weddings Unveiled. Give them a diagram of the arrangement and materials.pdastage.720. Johns Island. ❍ Lace bridesmaids’ bouquets at head table for . sets and trained technicians for events. etc.1120 www.taylorstewartphotography. Our designers assist each bride and planner early in the planning process. Make a diagram or meet with who will help you at the site before the big day. ❍ Check with the band or Berlins for women Bridesmaids and Party Dresses Specializing in mother of the bride and groom 116 King Street. Downtown.3466 email: info@pdastage. SC 29401 tel 843. North www. ❍ Make sure the flowers are delivered from the vendor and set up/distributed appropriately.berlinswomenclothing. Charleston. SC 29403 tel 843. PDA has appeared in major publications. staging. 2799 Three Lakes Road.maryportercouture. Mary Porter house of couture Embrace the finest expertise in Couture. incorporating theme and color choices and making every event unique and unforgettable.425. Grace Ormond’s Wedding Style and Romantic Maddison row Bridal Chic 171 Spring Street. ❍ Greet guests as they arrive and make sure they know where to sit or stand. Wedding To Dos to Delegate There’s so much to be done. SC 29401 tel 843. ❍ Mark the rows or seats that are reserved for family at the ceremony site. 341 King Street Suite C. 72 Wentworth Street. Suite E-5.the little black book for every busy woman : name of section : 58 the briDe GuiDe busy woman tips Lighting & sounD Production Design associates PDA is a national leader in providing lighting. ❍ Hand out programs. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. SC 29418 tel 843. SC 29455 tel 843. handy for touch ups at the reception.5591 www. 3226 E-5 Maybank Highway. Charleston.557. PDA is experienced in all venues in Charleston. 29401 tel 843.8079 www. documentary-style wedding photography and innovative portraiture.maddisonrow.1468 www.720. ❍ Check to make sure the getaway car is stocked with everything the new couple will need for the honeymoon.

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4620 Causey Pond Road. 29401 tel 843.723. SC 29403 tel willow cove Nestled in the Francis Marion Forest. hear your ideas. www. Lowndes grove Nestled on 14 stunning acres on the Ashley River.1355 email: shasha@distinctive-events. etc) with you to occupy any waiting time.. Margaret Street..568. Floral and foliage Distinctive events Creating your distinctive vision through infinitely creative design. . There are planners and coordinators for every price range. SC 29429 tel 843.distinctive-events. SC 29401 tel www. Check out the Wedding Day Checklist on page 51. Charleston. North Charleston. featuring a large main weDDing rentaLs all occasions the Party & event Division of aaa rentals 3555 Meeting Street Road.willowcoveevents.3701 email: partyinsc@aol. Your friends and family want to help you. 3) Give Yourself Time – You can start planning for your special day over 12 months in advance.554.alloccasionsparty. and help you create the day you will remember for a lifetime! 115 Calhoun Street. 266 See our ad page 29 weDDing PLanners Distinctive events wedding coordination. you’ll end up saving money and your sanity by having an expert helping you. design and consulting 115 Calhoun www. 29405 tel 843. 4) Delegate – From planning your big day to leaving for the honeymoon. as well as utilizing local vendors that we trust. Everything you see happening in your head. there is a lot to get done. share in your dreams.853. beautiful flowers and foliage.6334. Group errands and to do’s by location and bring “work” (invitations. thank you notes. Downtown. Lowndes Grove is an unrivaled Lowcountry setting for truly unique weddings.4183 www.1810 email: www. Our designers find the best possible CONTINUED.. We listen. so call around. Wedding Do’s 1) Set a Budget – Generally costs should breakdown like this: Reception and catering – 40% Alcohol and bartenders – 10% Gown and accessories – 10% Music – 10% Ceremony and rings – 10% Photos/Video – 8% Flowers – 7% 2) Remember the Details – Mentally imagine the day and how it will flow. draping and event specialists work together with our planning and logistics team to perfectly plan and produce your dream wedding design. pulling from our extensive inventory of state-of-the-art design materials. 2 ponds and a century old live oak as a glorious centerpiece. fax 843. Awendaw. so let them! 5) Hire a Coordinator or Planner – Whether you have complete planning or just day-of coordination.the little black book for every busy woman : name of section : 62 the briDe GuiDe busy woman tips WEDDING EVENT VENUES CONTINUED.744. write down on a running list. Charleston.1355 email: shasha@distinctive-events.

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