Here comes the bride and with her – lots of things on the to do list! Whether you are a bride, a mother of the bride or a supportive friend, The Bride Guide lists only vendors who have been recommended by busy, Lowcountry women. Exclusive content, including a Wedding Workbook, is available at Be sure to sign up for the Busy Bride Buzz eNewsletter to stay up to date as the big day approaches.



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Charleston place 205 Meeting Street, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.722.4900

Wedding Garters
This fun tradition is stylishly updated with chic, modern wedding garters from Julianne Smith. Get one for your own wedding or as the perfect gift for the bride to be!

Folly beach Holiday inn
Charleston’s only full-service oceanfront hotel.

tel 843.588.6464

ashley bakery 1662 Savannah Highway, West Ashley, 29407 tel 843.763.4125 wedding Cakes by Jim smeal tel 843.795.6114

Couture Stamps
Laura Hooper’s whimsical illustrations on stamps seal your Save the Dates or Invitations in style! Visit Laura’s Web site for custom illustrated maps, seating charts and more!

bartending serviCes

iCeboX bar services
Outstanding, high quality event bar services offering fresh, innovative and exciting beverage ideas. Professional & Friendly • Fully Insured Standard & Tailored Bar Packages Our dedicated team will ensure every element of the service we offer exceeds your expectations.

tel 843.437.6720 email:

the spa at Charleston place Located on the 4th Floor of Charleston Place Hotel, in the heart of downtown Charleston. 205 Meeting Street, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.937.8522 See our ad page 34 CONTINUED...

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BEAUTY CONTINUED... stella nova salon spa esthetique & make-up studio

Straight Talk
When talking with your vendors, remember that they are the experts and their advice can save you lots of headaches and money. For example, your caterer can suggest items that will stretch your budget the farthest, and your florist will know what is in season during your special time. Let them help you make your day the best it can be!

Stella Nova is the bridal expert, let us prepare you for the aisle. Bridal Gifts. Off-site Hair & Make-up

292 King Street, Downtown, 29401 tel (Spa) 843.723.0909, (Salon) 843.577.2500, (Store) 843.722.9797 or 800.577.NOVA See our ad back cover sweet 185 body sugaring studio & organic boutique
The only sweet spot in Charleston providing the most accommodating, unique and upscale venue for your bridal soiree. 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, King Street, Downtown, 29403 tel 843.329.3500 See our ad page 31
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a wonderful wedding
A Wonderful Wedding magazine and The Charleston Bridal Show pride themselves on quality wedding vendor services. They screen and promote only the most professional vendors in the wedding industry. Choose wisely for a day you’ll never forget! January 24, 2010, from Noon to 5 pm at the Gaillard Auditorium. Wedding professionals interested in participating can call or visit A Wonderful Wedding’s website for more information.

tel 843.795.7544, fax 843.795.5221
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Your Table • Your Party • Your Life

1956 Maybank Highway, The Terrace Plaza, James Island, 29412 tel 843.795.5995

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Cru Cafe
Pinckney Room & Piazza 50 people (standing, hors d’oeuvres) 21 people (sit down)

Save the Top Tier for Me
The tradition of saving the top tier of the wedding cake to eat on the first, wedding anniversary originates from the custom of saving the top for the bride’s baby shower within a year of the wedding.

18 Pinckney Street, 2nd floor, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.534.CHEF (2433), fax 843.534.2439 See our ad page 25 sweet 185 body sugaring studio & organic boutique
customized bridal & bachelorette events

476 King Street, King Street, Downtown, 29403 tel 843.329.3500 See our ad page 31

Wedding Coordinator Packages
1. Consultation only: A mini “wedding planning course”, best taken at the beginning of your planning. The coordinator won’t be at your wedding but will teach you the skills to planning your own day. 2. Planning Preparation: Along with consultation they will save you time by listening to your needs and booking appointments for you with vendors that meet those needs. 3. Day Of Coordination: Hired for the wedding day alone. She will direct the events of the day and make sure everyone around you is doing their job. 4. Full Service: From consulting to coordinating vendors and setting things up the day of and orchestrating the first dance, she’ll take care of everything while you enjoy your day.

Cru Catering
Eclectic Modern American Cuisine Cru Catering offers full-service, customized catering, including in-house personal chefs, meetings, receptions and private parties. Our experts, with over 20 years experience, can help coordinate pre-planned menus for groups from 2 to 2,000 for every occasion – everything from take-out brunch, lunch and dinners to on-site hors d’oeuvres and multiple-course meals. Voted Best Caterer 2001 – 2008 by Charleston City Paper readers

Chef John Zucker, 1st in Class, Cordon Bleu Graduate 1784 Harmon Street, Downtown, 29405 tel 843.534.CHEF (2433), fax 843.534.2439 See our ad page 37 Fat Hen
Responding to overwhelming requests from guests at his restaurants, Fred Neuville, executive chef of Fat Hen and Wild Olive and the creative force behind some of Charleston’s favorite dining establishments, has teamed with his wife Joan Neuville to launch Fat Hen Catering. He brings over 30 years experience, and always says, “In Catering, the only limitation is your imagination”. With our custom menu creations, we will make your event truly memorable.

3140 Maybank Highway, Johns Island 29455 tel 843.559.9090 See our ad page 53

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Full-service catering for all your special event needs.

Chef Trae Wilson, tel 843.224.5873 or 843.577.0486 Catering Manager Jane Murphy, tel 843.330.8971 See our ad page 25 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. View our sample menus online for some of our specialties including Canapes, Carving Stations, Phyllo Pastry Cup Bites and of course, Sushi.

Emergency Wedding Day Kit
No need to say, “If only I had my _____” on your big day! Gather the following things together to make your own wedding day “emergency kit.” •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

1956-B Maybank Highway, Charleston, 29412 tel 843.762.3338 email:
CHiLdren’s wear

southern belles
Exquisite and Unique Children’s Attire & Gifts for Weddings and Special Occasions

280 W. Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, 29464 (Northcutt Plaza Specialty Shops) tel 843.881.1741 See our ad page 24

allison zimmerman, ryt
Yoga for busy brides! Relaxing, energizing, calming and strengthening yoga sessions for brides and their wedding parties. Schedule a session the day of your wedding or months prior to help you clear your mind and relieve stress.

tel 843.367.0437
FLoraL design

bird’s nest Floral & gifts sandra bird, master designer, sCFa
A unique experience in floral and plant designs. An extraordinary selection of giftware ware and a wide variety of gourmet items await you. We are minutes from I-26 and promise that a visit to our shop will delight and amaze you.

549-E College Park Road, Ladson, 29456 tel 843.797.7673 email: CONTINUED...

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granville’s Catering

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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. You tell us what you want, and together we plan for your wedding flowers. Call us to set up an appointment with one of our designers and visit our online gallery to start exploring ideas. Visit us in our new location.

Toast of the Town
- Generally, there are 3 toasts given at a wedding reception: the best man, the bride’s father and the groom. - Make sure all glasses are full prior to beginning the toasts. - Do not use a fork or knife to “ting” the glass; ask for everyone’s attention. - Start the toast by stating your relationship to the bride and groom. - Use personal stories, fond memories you have of the bride and groom, for the best impact, and be respectful. - Humor is great as long as it is tasteful. Consider ending on a serious note for well wishes to the newlyweds.

32 Laurens Street, Charleston, 29401 tel 843.534.2837 email:
invitations & stationery

CluuCards Custom magnetic Cards
Shower Invitations • Save the Dates Custom Design Services Available

tel 703.655.8883 See our ad page 59

it Fitz Jewelry by nikki Fitzgerald wood
We specialize in customized jewelry for the bride, mother of the bride/groom and the bridal party that captures the essence of your special day, creating a timeless, one-of-a-kind keepsake. Visit the online gallery and contact Nikki for a design consultation.

tel 843.343.3242 email:
LigHting & sound

production design associates
PDA is a national leader in providing lighting, audio, video, staging, sets and trained technicians for events. Our designers assist each bride and planner early in the planning process, incorporating theme and color choices and making every event unique and unforgettable. PDA is experienced in all venues in Charleston. What sets us apart is our unwavering commitment to quality and customer service. PDA has appeared in major publications, including Weddings Unveiled, Grace Ormond’s Wedding Style and Romantic Destinations.

2799 Three Lakes Road, North Charleston, 29418 tel 843.554.3466 email: See our ad page 57

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taylor stewart photography
Taylor Stewart offers candid, documentary-style wedding photography and innovative portraiture.

Registry Checklist: For the Kitchen ❏ 1 set of pots and pans
(1 stock pot, 2 sauté pans, 1 sauce pan)

3226 E-5 Maybank Highway, Suite E-5, Johns Island, 29455 tel 843.557.1468
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bella bridesmaid
A collection for the modern bridesmaid.

❏ 1 set of knives (one of each:
paring knife, chef ’s knife, bread knife and serrated knife)

341 King Street Suite C, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.425.8079 berlins For women
Bridesmaids and Party Dresses Specializing in mother of the bride and groom

❏ 8 steak knives ❏ 1 standing mixer ❏ 1 blender ❏ 1 coffeemaker ❏ 2 cutting boards ❏ 1 set each of measuring
cups and spoons

116 King St, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.723.5591 maddison row
Bridal Chic

❏ 1 set of mixing bowls ❏ 1 set of cooking utensils
(spatula, whisk, slotted and wooden spoons)

171 Spring Street, Downtown, 29403 tel 843.720.7979 email: mary porter House of Couture
Embrace the finest expertise in Couture.

❏ Salt and pepper shakers ❏ 2 covered casserole dishes ❏ 3 baking sheets ❏ A cake pan, a pie pan and
a bundt pan

72 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.720.1120
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Charleston Harbor resort & marina
An alluring blend of seascapes and southern charm set on the shore of Patriots Point, across the harbor from downtown historic Charleston. We can help with all of your wedding needs, from overnight rooms for your guests, our beach for your ceremony or a water front rehearsal dinner or reception. Let us help with pre wedding fun such as bridal lunches, golf outings, fishing, and making that dramatic entrance or exit via a luxury yacht leaving directly from our marina. We can help make your dreams come true.

❏ Oven mitts ❏ 2 sets of kitchen towels

20 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant, 29464 tel 843.856.0028 CONTINUED...

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A timeless setting on the Ashley River for unforgettable weddings.

Registry Checklist: For the Dining Room ❏ 12-piece set of formal china ❏ 12-piece set of everyday

3380 Ashley River Road, Charleston, 29414 tel 843.769.2600 See our ad page 20 Folly beach Holiday inn oceanfront
Thinking of a casual ceremony on the beach or an elegant, black-tie gathering? With the beach right outside our doors and over 4,000 square feet of flexible event space we have the ideal location. Our professional staff will guide you effortlessly through the process of planning your special day. Located nine short miles from historic downtown Charleston, Folly Beach offers spectacular sunrises and seaside ambiance. To learn more about planning a wedding at the beach, send us an email, give us a call or schedule a tour to see the hotel in person.

❏ Set of serving dishes and
bowls to match the above

❏ 2 serving platters ❏ 1 gravy boat ❏ 12 water glasses ❏ 8 white wine glasses, 8 red
wine glasses

❏ 8 high ball glasses ❏ 8 old-fashioned glasses ❏ 12 Champagne glasses ❏ 8 mugs ❏ 12-piece set of silver ❏ 12-piece set of everyday

1 Center Street, Folly Beach 29439 tel 843.588.6464 email: Kelly Killeen, Catering Manager See our ad page 51 Lowcountry park venues

❏ 1 tea service (tray, pot,
sugar and creamer)

❏ Serving utensils (large forks,
spoons, cheese knives)

❏ 12 placemats ❏ 12 napkins and rings ❏ 2 table cloths

Your wedding...Lowcountry style. Invite your guests to fall in love with your vision. Introduce them to the wonder and beauty of salt marshes, deep rivers and stately oaks. No matter your style we have the setting to begin your lifetime of memories. Cooper River Room: Mt Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park It’s all about the view. Founders Hall: Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site 21st Century Lowcountry. Legare Waring House: Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site History. Beauty. Charm.

tel 843.852.2965 See our ad page 63 CONTINUED...

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Nestled on 14 stunning acres on the Ashley River, Lowndes Grove is an unrivaled Lowcountry setting for truly unique weddings.

Wedding Makeup Advice
• For morning ceremonies, use lighter colors, especially if the ceremony is outdoors. • Evening events require a darker makeup application, but don’t get carried away. • Consider the lighting of your venue. If you must be under fluorescent lighting, make sure to avoid green tones of makeup. • For the brightest smile on your big day, begin using whitening strips at least two weeks in advance. And, wear red or berry lipstick to make teeth appear whiter.

266 St. Margaret Street, Downtown, 29403 tel 843.853.1810 email: willow Cove

Nestled in the Francis Marion Forest, featuring a large main lawn, beautiful flowers and foliage, 2 ponds and a century old live oak as a glorious centerpiece.

4620 Causey Pond Road, Awendaw, 29429 tel 843.568.4183 See our ad page 26
wedding pLanners

distinctive events
wedding coordination, design and consulting

115 Calhoun Street, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.723.1355 email: See our ad page 64 tanis J. events, LLC
Where modern ideas meet old-fashioned service. Planning and coordinating for weddings, vow renewals, bat/bar mitzvahs, reunions, anniversaries and any other social occasion. Full Service Planning & Day-of Coordination • Candy Buffets Perfect Proposals • Surprise the Bride Vow and Speech Writing

tel 843.847.8478 email:

“Saturday night is the most popular night for events and the most expensive time slot for venues. If you are looking to save some money, consider a Friday or Sunday wedding. You can also host a brunch or lunch reception – elegant, fun and unique for your guests.” - TANIS JACKSON, Event Planner, Tanis J. Events

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all Occasions the Party & event division of aaa rentals 3555 Meeting Street Road, North Charleston, 29405 tel 843.554.6334, fax 843.744.3701 email: distinctive events
Creating your distinctive vision through infinitely creative design. Our designers find the best possible resources, pulling from our extensive inventory of state-of-the-art design materials, as well as utilizing local vendors that we trust. Floral and foliage designers, lighting, draping and event specialists work together with our planning and logistics team to perfectly plan and produce your dream wedding design. We listen, hear your ideas, share in your dreams, and help you create the day you will remember for a lifetime!

Photographer’s Shoot List
o Bride and Groom together o Bride with her mother o Bride with her father o Bride with her siblings o Bride with her grandparents o Bride with her bridesmaids o Bride with entire immediate family o Groom with his mother o Groom with his father o Groom with his siblings o Groom with his grandparents o Groom with groomsmen o Bride and Groom with Bride’s family o Bride and Groom with Groom’s family o Bride and Groom with flower girl and ring bearer o Bride and Groom with the entire wedding party

115 Calhoun Street, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.723.1355 email: event drs dining rental solutions
Offering premium rental items for your special event. The quality of our rental items sets us apart, and we are committed to providing the best customer service possible, ensuring that you are able to enjoy your day. German Crystal • Stainless Steel Flatware • Fine China Farm Tables • Lanterns • More Unique Products

tel 843.209.2267 email: snyder event rentals & staffing 3875 Meeting Street, North Charleston, 29405 tel 843.766.3366 or 800.932.5381
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shuttle Hogs
A 12-passenger van providing reliable transportation service throughout the Charleston area for all of your special event needs. Please call for special event pricing.

tel 843.424.1323 email: See our ad page 48

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