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Holy City native Léda Jackson (Pixie Lily’s guru) once told me that Charleston is the kind of place where as soon as a local hostess greets you, she gives you a tour of her house. “Living here in such a colorful, historic place and in such colorful, historic homes,” Léda said, “we can’t imagine anyone wouldn’t want to look around.” So it’s in good Lowcountry fashion that our first new-site blog entry is just such a tour. We’re so excited about all the new bells and whistles here, I can’t wait to walk you around the place. (Spoiler alert: If you’re the type who digs a self-guided tour, have at it, but skip to the bottom of this post for a seriously great giveaway!)
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Real-Life Weddings: Receptions, ceremonies, parties—here’s where you’ll find couples’ love stories and I dos. Look for idea-laden galleries loaded with Southern inspiration and listings of vendors who’ve pulled off the Big Days.
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Fashion + Beauty: Check out scores of the latest bridal gowns and baubles modeled against stunning—really, stunning—Lowcountry backdrops, and get beauty tips on how to weather (and not wilt your wedding day here. (You may even find your dream reception site based on the shoots!) Scouting for rings? Click here.
Budget+Advice: Who doesn’t want to trim their bottom line these days? Learn how to get a luxe look for less, score fiasco-proof tips, and glean easy etiquette dos and don’ts. Our spin? It’s all rendered with a Southern twist, delivered in Charleston-born style, and told through the experiences of local brides and planners.
Blog: We’ll cover all the buzz-worthy bridal goings-on in the region, show behind-the-scenes tidbits and photos from shoots, run great ideas and weddings we couldn’t fit on the pages of our regular magazine, and tackle your burning Big Day questions.
Photograph by Liz Duren
Resources: Seriously, there are HUNDREDS of vendors in this massive listing of planners, locations, churches, plantations, bakeries, florists, and much, much more. But unlike mega-wedding sites, the people and places we mention are handpicked to include only those we know and love. Did we miss someone? Please let us know!
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Archives: Check out past issues of the magazine for more and learn why Charleston is one of the top three most romantic cities in the country and one of the top three places to say “Yes” to your sweetheart, too!
Whew! We hope you enjoyed the tour. As the months unfold we’ll keep adding more content, weekly blog updates, and including more and more interactive features to make planning your Charleston Wedding as straightforward as possible. Got ideas for things you want to see? Let us know! We are so excited for you during this special time and want to help you fashion the best Big Day of your dreams.
As for that giveaway? We’re hosting the Charleston Weddings Magazine Bridal Couture Show, Saturday March 28, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. at Marion Square in downtown Charleston. Guests will join us to nibble on Big Day bites and sip mimosas while we all check out the latest big-name gowns from local all-star boutiques. Once there, you can register for fabulous giveaways—and the chance to win a backstage bridal makeover Stella Nova’s amazing hair and makeup team. Before the runways open at 11:30 a.m., Anne Chertoff (Brides.com Senior Editor, former Martha Stewart Weddings staffer, and author of The Wedding Planner and the award-winning bridal blog, From “I Will” to “I Do”) will share her shopping and style secrets. Add an accessories lounge featuring the best in local wedding accoutrement to the mix, and a breathtaking setting created by Heather Barrie of gathering: event + design (Modern Bride, Elegant Bride, and more), and it’s no wonder the Bridal Couture Show is the preeminent event for Charleston brides-to-be. So the giveaway: who wants a pair of tickets ($80 value)? To enter our virtual drawing, please email your favorite luxe look for less tip to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll pick a winner March 18. For more info on the show, visit www.charlestonfashionweek.com.