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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 EveryBusyWoman.com. 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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ACCOMMODATIONS

Charleston Place 205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.722.4900 www.charlestonplace.com
BAKERIES

Wedding Cake Checklist
o Style - make sure it fits with the aesthetic of the whole day o Shape - from multi-tiered to square o Flavor - cake, icing and filling(s) o Color & Decoration - talk to florist about fresh flowers o Presentation - the serving piece and the wedding cake topper o Climate Control - not all icings hold up outdoors in humid Charleston weather o Grooms Cake - ask about a discounted rate for ordering both from your baker o Service - knife and server; someone to cut and serve o Preservation - save top tier to eat on your 1st anniversary

Ashley Bakery 1662 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407 tel 843.763.4125 www.ashleybakery.com WildFlour Pastry
Specialty cakes and desserts available for all occasions.

73 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.327.2621 www.wildflourpastrycharleston.com see our ad page 22
BARTENDING SERVICES

ICEBOX Bar Services
Outstanding, high quality event bar services offering fresh, innovative and exciting beverage ideas. Our many packages offer the ability to customize bar service to accommodate your every need. We are committed to delivering the best quality service and products with expert bartenders trained in the latest techniques of mixology, speed techniques, and customer service. Now offering free beverage consultations and client cocktail tastings. Professional & Friendly • Fully Insured Standard & Tailored Bar Packages

145-A Williman Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.407.0473 email: info@iceboxbar.com www.iceboxbar.com
BEAUTY

The Spa at Charleston Place Located on the 4th Floor of Charleston Place Hotel, in the heart of downtown Charleston. 205 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.937.8522 www.charlestonplace.com see our ad page 29 CONTINUED...

bride buzz: Wedding Rentals Checklist
Tables ❏ Guests/Head Table ❏ Cake ❏ Buffet ❏ Gifts ❏ Guest Book ❏ Bar Seating ❏ Ceremony ❏ Reception ❏ Chair Covers
*Tip: Assign coordinator or trusted friends to move ceremony chairs to reception site if at same location. Use furniture that is on location if available to create seating areas for the reception.

Tableware & Servingware ❏ Plates ❏ Silverware ❏ Glasses ❏ Cake Stand ❏ Chafing Dishes ❏ Drink Dispensers
* Tip: Use family pieces wherever possible, like your grandmother's heirloom cake service for your cake cutting.

Flooring ❏ Ceremony Site ❏ Dining Area ❏ Dance Floor
*Tip: Use built in patios or walkways to limit the amount of flooring you need to put down.

Tent or Canopy ❏ Ceremony ❏ Reception
*Tip: Provide a picture and layout specs to your rental company when meeting.

Other ❏ Portable Bathroom Facilities ❏ Generator (if there is not power on site) ❏ Gas Heaters or AC ❏ Florists Needs ❏ Trash Receptacles ❏ Lighting

Linens ❏ Tables ❏ Napkins

For more bridal checklists, visit EveryBusyWoman.com.

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BEAUTY CONTINUED... Stella Nova Salon Spa Esthetique & Make-Up Studio
Stella Nova is the bridal expert, let us prepare you for the aisle. Bridal Gifts, Bridal Suite. Outcall Hair & Make-Up.

Bridal Beauty
Makeup • 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. • Mineral makeup will make your skin appear oily in camera flashes; opt for something with a matte finish. Before the Big Day • Schedule a “dress rehearsal” with your hair dresser and makeup artist - or DIY to make sure everything is just how you want it. • For the brightest smile on your big day, begin using whitening strips at least two weeks in advance. • Take good care of your skin leading up to the wedding, but do not introduce any new products or regimens at least a month before the wedding as you may have a bad reaction. Day of the Wedding • Assign a bridesmaid the job of carrying your lipstick and powder for frequent touch ups. • Be sure to have extra bobby pins and hair spray handy to help secure your up do if it falls. • Feel beautiful, look beautiful: consider having a pair of slippers or dressed-up flip flops handy should your feet be aching from all of that dancing!

292 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel (Spa) 843.723.0909, (Salon) 843.577.2500, (Store) 843.722.9797 or 800.577.NOVA www.stella-nova.com 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!

476 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.329.3500 www.mysweet185.com See our ad page 30
BRIDAL SHOWERS & PARTIES

Cru Cafe
Located in the of heart of historic, downtown Charleston in a classic 18th century Charleston single-style home, Cru Café offers the perfect setting for a rehearsal dinner, bridal luncheon or bridal shower. Guests can enjoy indoor and outdoor porch seating, gourmet comfort food, a wine list tailored to the varied menu and rich, satisfying desserts.

18 Pinckney Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.534.2434 email: info@crucafe.com www. crucafe.com Sweet 185 Body Sugaring Studio & Organic Boutique
customized bridal & bachelorette events

476 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.329.3500 www.mysweet185.com See our ad page 30

CATERING

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Cru Catering
Eclectic Modern American Cuisine More than just a catering service, we present a team of event specialists and culinary experts who will assist you in creating the ultimate experience - from hors d’oeuvres to specialty beverages and multiple course menus for 2 to 2,000 people. Voted Best Caterer 2001 – 2011 by Charleston City Paper readers Voted the Best of Weddings 2010 Pick by The Knot

Shades of Green
There are many ‘shades of green’. Whether you focus on making just one element of your event green or going all out, you are creating a positive impact. Choosing to weave eco-friendly elements into your event sets an example to your guests that you can have a stylish, unique and memorable affair while reducing your event’s footprint. - TONI REALE, Blue Planet Green Events

1784 Harmon Street, Charleston, SC 29405 tel 843.534.2433 email: info@crucatering.com www.crucatering.com

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CHILDREN’S WEAR

Southern Belles
Exquisite and Unique Children’s Attire & Gifts for Weddings and Special Occasions

280 W. Coleman Boulevard, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 (Northcutt Plaza Specialty Shops) tel 843.881.1741 www.southernbellesonline.com See our ad page 25
DANCE LESSONS

Elite Dance International Studio and Apparel
Worried about stepping on each others feet for that first wedding dance? Let us show you how fun and easy it is — even if you’ve never danced before! Our wedding dance instruction packages also make a perfect gift idea for: - Your son or daughter’s upcoming wedding - A surprise for your fiance - Holiday Gift Certificates Make your first dance a special memory! We can help you look great dancing at your wedding. We’re happy to help with any questions you may have.

709 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Second Floor, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 tel 843.654.1011 www.elitedancecharleston.com New Student Special! 3 half-an-hour private lessons or 2 half-an-hour private lessons & 2 classes for $65
INVITATIONS & STATIONERY

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

tel 703.655.8883 www.cluucards.com
Mention The Little Black Book to receive a 10% discount
JEWELRY

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: nikki@itfitzjewelry.com www.itfitzjewelry.com

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

3226 E-5 Maybank Highway, Suite E-5, Johns Island, SC 29455 tel 843.557.1468 www.taylorstewartphotography.com
WEDDING APPAREL

Veil 101
Picking the Perfect Veil • If you’re a petite bride, choose an elbow-length veil or shorter. If you’re 5’7” or taller, opt for a veil that falls closer to your fingernails. • A veil should fall just above or below any intricate detailing on the dress. • Keep in mind your desired placement of the veil in your hair; different spots on the head yields longer or shorter veil lengths. Know Your Veils • Mantilla: Tulle with lace at its hem; draped over the entire head • Blusher: A short veil that covers the bride’s face; usually does not extend past a bride’s chin • Flyaway: Stiff, short veil • Ballerina: Straight, tulle veil that does not extend past the ankle • Cathedral: Very full veil; its length can be measured Veil Alternatives • Flowers • Feathers • Antique clip or brooch • Hat or Fascinator

Belle Couture Bridal
We take pride in offering every bride personal attention and a relaxing experience. Come see why we are the “must shop” destination for bridal gowns in Charleston, SC…it’s not just about the gown, it’s the whole experience!

100 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.881.3449 email: sarah@bellecouturebridal.com www.BelleCoutureBridal.com Maddison Row
Bridal Chic

171 Spring Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.720.7979 email: info@maddisonrow.com www.maddisonrow.com

Don’t be afraid to think out of the box when it comes to planning the cuisine for your wedding. Some of the best weddings have their own signature dishes or cocktails that showcase the personality of the couple and they’re always a big hit with the guests. - Chef John Zucker of Cru Cafe and Catering

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WEDDING EVENT VENUES

Venue Questions
• Can the facility comfortably accommodate the size of the wedding and the number of guests? • Does the site have handicap access? • Is there off street or nearby parking? • Is there a power source where you need it to be? • Does it have restroom facilities? • Is it well-heated/airconditioned? • Is there a room available for the bride to change clothes or freshen up? • How much is the total rental fee, and what does it include?

Harbour Club Located in the heart of historic Charleston, the 200-yearold building and rooftop terrace offer an atmosphere symbolic of southern hospitality for parties of to 250. Allow us to create a day to carry you through forever. 35 Prioleau Street, Charleston, SC 29401 tel 843.723.9680 email: kelly.killeen@ourclub.com www.harbour-charleston.com Lowcountry Park Venues
Launch a lifetime of memories at one of our picturesque event venues, among the Charleston area’s most popular wedding locales. From historic charm to sweeping views, the Lowcountry Park Venues are storybook southern settings. Cooper River Room Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park Stunning panorama. Founders Hall Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site Airy sustainability. Legare Waring House Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site Traditional grace.

tel 843.852.2965 www.LowcountryParkVenues.com
WEDDING PLANNERS

Blue Planet Green Events
We weave eco-friendly, sustainable practices into every detail of your event be it the romantic wedding of your dreams, a corporate function or a fundraiser. We believe that there are many ‘shades of green’. Whether you focus on making just one element of your event green or going all out - let us share our expertise with you. There are many eco-friendly options for all budgets all throughout the Lowcountry and we are here to lead you to them! Contact us to learn more about our customizable event planning services or to schedule a complimentary consultation.

tel 843.633.1638 email: info@blueplanetgreenevents.com www.blueplanetgreenevents.com Sign up for Full-Service Planning & receive a free-engagement session with our friends at BenT Studios or a credit toward your event design (if previously booked photographer).

bride buzz: WEDDING CHECKLIST
12 MONTHS BEFORE THE WEDDING ❏ Set a budget ❏ Select a theme, colors, etc. ❏ Ceremony date, time and site ❏ Book officiant ❏ Reserve the reception site ❏ Select your attendants ❏ Caterer, Florist, Wedding Consultant ❏ Photographer and Videographer ❏ Music - ceremony and reception ❏ Wedding dress, headpiece and accessories ❏ Bridesmaid’s dresses ❏ Begin compiling guest list ❏ Be sure to sign contracts! 9 MONTHS BEFORE ❏ Register for china, gifts, etc. ❏ Plan the honeymoon! ❏ Send out save the date cards 6 MONTHS BEFORE ❏ Order bridesmaid’s dresses and flower girl’s dress ❏ Current visas and passports? ❏ Discuss rehearsal dinner with groom 4 MONTHS BEFORE ❏ Finalize guest list ❏ Order invitations, programs and stationery ❏ Order formal wear for groom and attendants ❏ Book hair and makeup ❏ Wedding cake and groom’s cake 2 MONTHS BEFORE ❏ Final dress fitting ❏ Finalize ceremony details: procession, seating chart, etc. ❏ Gifts for bridal party ❏ Cake knife and champagne glasses for toast ❏ Guest registration book ❏ Wedding rings ❏ Select who will be in charge of what on day of ❏ Plan your getaway - car, carriage, etc. 6 - 8 WEEKS BEFORE ❏ Mail invitations ❏ Photo list for photographer and videographer ❏ Send announcement to newspaper 2 WEEKS BEFORE ❏ Pick up wedding gown ❏ Marriage license ❏ Put all necessities in one bag or container for easy transport 1 WEEK BEFORE ❏ Guest count to caterer ❏ Check in with all service providers ❏ Inform attendants and family where to be and when

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Toast of the Town
• There are generally 3 speeches at a wedding reception given by: the bride’s father, the groom and the best man. It’s your day - you can have more if you’d like! • A good time to make toasts is just before you cut your wedding cake. • Make sure servers pass around the champagne ahead of time or that guests are given ample notice to replenish their drinks. • Do not clink your crystal to get everyone’s attention; stand and ask for everyone’s attention.

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: partyinsc@aol.com www.alloccasionsparty.com 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!

115 Calhoun Street, Downtown, 29401 tel 843.723.1355 email: shasha@distinctive-events.com www.distinctive-events.com Event DRS Dining Rental Solutions
Providing you with a complete resource for all your event rental needs. Known throughout Charleston for our amazing selection, great customer service, and can-do attitude. We pride ourselves on providing quality products at a reasonable price. We have all the rental equipment to make your next event spectacular! Farm Tables + Benches + Custom Bars China + Flatware + Glassware Tables + Chairs + Specialty Linens Now offering Free Rental Consultations for our Monarch Crystal Glassware and Customizable Fine China. Photos courtesy of Juliet Elizabeth; julietelizabeth.com.

When preparing your toast:
• Take your time recording your musings over several weeks then craf it into one piece • Personal anecdotes and famous quotes are great openers and closers (keep it clean) • Genuine, heartfelt words never fail, so be sincere

145-A Williman Street, Charleston, SC 29403 tel 843.407.0473 email: info@eventdrscharleston.com www.eventdrscharleston.com Snyder Event Rentals & Staffing 3875 Meeting Street, North Charleston, 29405 tel 843.766.3366 or 800.932.5381 www.snydereventrentals.com

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