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I love the holiday season! Not only do we get to feel festive and mingle with old pals, but the deals and steals out there? Well, they’re A-MAZING!

Take a look at these December happenings. From spring collection previews at Maddison Row (great for all you summer brides) to the handmade Holiday Winter market at Red Drum (perfect way to bond with the maids before the Big Day), there’s a little something for everyone this month. And in case you’re a plan-ahead kinda gal, we’ve added a few January trunk shows for you to add to your calendar. 


December 7
Blue Mercury Holiday Party

Load up on some new skincare items (they carry popular lines such as Laura Mercier and Keihls, to name a few) and get that bridal glow before the Big Day. Stop by makeup mavens Blue Mercury on Tuesday and enjoy champagne, free samples, and visiting with beauty and skincare experts. To make things even better, the store is also offering 10 percent off purchases $100-174, 15 percent off those $175-249, and 20 percent off those $250 and up.
Blue Mercury, 255 King St.; Tuesday, 4-10 p.m.; (843) 724-6767;


December 8
2011 Spring Collection Preview at Maddison Row

Be the first to get a peak at the 2011 Spring Collections for Maddison Row and Bella Bridesmaid. The shows start at noon and run hourly until 6 p.m., so make sure you reserve spot soon. If you can’t make the shows, pop in for the Holiday Cocktail Drop In that runs from 6-8pm.
Maddison Row, 171 Spring St; Wednesday, 12-6 p.m.; Holiday Cocktail Drop-In 6-8 p.m.; (843) 720-7979;


December 9
Celebrate New Studio Space With Studio R

Whether you’re on the hunt for save-the-dates or need a custom map of the Holy City to include in your welcome bags, Studio R has a slew of designs to pore over. Help founder Rachel break in her new studio space by stopping by, saying hello, and sipping some bubbly.
Studio R, 87 Hassell St; Thursday, 6 p.m.; (843) 762-5793,


December 10
King Street Shop Walk

Back for its second year, the King Street Shop Walk gives you the opportunity to enjoy discounts at more than 25 retailers around town and maybe even win a prize or two. Participating vendors this year include Bits of Lace (great for an upcoming lingerie shower), Papyrus (gather a few thank-you notes), Bob Ellis (still need that pair of great heels?) and many more. Proceeds benefit the Center for Women.
Charleston Place Hotel, 205 Meeting St.; Friday, 5-8 p.m.; (843) 737-6221; $15 in advance; $20 at the door.


December 11
Mother-Daughter Flower Class at Stems

Need a little bonding time with mom before you say “I do?” Head to Stems where you and your mom (or future mother-in-law) can sip on tea while you learn the basics of flower centerpieces.
stems, 208 Coming St.; Saturday, 10:15 a.m.; (843) 789-4930; Reservation only. $215/pair.


December 15
Holiday Centerpieces at Stems

Want to create a show-stopping arrangement when you entertain the fam this year? Learn the basics on how to create a lovely centerpiece for your holiday functions. Those skills may come in handy when the Big Day rolls around.
stems, 208 Coming St.; Saturday, 6:15 p.m.; (843) 789-4930; By reservation only. $125.


December 16
Men’s Night at Croghan’s Jewel Box

While the name says it’s Men’s Night, Betsy from Croghan’s Jewel Box assured me that everyone is welcome. They’re teaming up with Bits of Lace and Hampden Clothing and will be staying open until 8 p.m., so folks can get a little extra holiday shopping in. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and drinks while you shop. (Great time to give the ol’ fiancé or fiancé-to-be a few ideas.)
Croghan’s Jewel Box, 308 King St; Thursday, 5-8 p.m.; (843) 723-3594;


December 18
Handmade Holiday Winter Market at Red Drum

Need a little something to add to the welcome bag fodder? Head to the Handmade Holiday Winter Market at Red Drum where, while you snack on sweet treats by WildFlour Pastry, you can browse through handmade items by vendors such as Dee Ruel, Taaski Handbags, and One Love by Rachel Gordon. If you’re feeling crafty, you can even make your own jewelry. 
Red Drum Restaurant, 803 Coleman Blvd; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30p.m.; (843) 849-0313;


January 14-15
Junko Yoshioka Trunk Show at Gown Boutique of Charleston

Take a look at Junko Yoshioka Spring 2011 line. The Japan-born designer has dressed actresses such as Helen Hunt and Jessica Alba. Plus, you’ll receive 10 percent off any trunk show purchase.
Gown Boutique of Charleston, 225 Seven Farms Dr.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; (843) 856-2682; By appointment only.


January 21
Martina Liana Trunk Show at Gown Boutique of Charleston

Check out the latest bridal looks by Martinia Liana. All trunk show gowns are 10 percent off.
Gown Boutique of Charleston, 225 Seven Farms Dr.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; (843) 856-2682; By appointment only.

Photographs by Thomas Leger