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Evans Craddock

A wedding concierge just might save the (big) day


When Lee Heyward, owner of Charleston Style Concierge, was in the fourth grade, she planned a week’s worth of cool clothes for her best friend to debut—saving her pal from the curse of the nerdy newbie. Nowadays, Lee channels those same styling skills in the direction of weddings by helping everyone from mothers of the bride to the bride-to-be with their wardrobes. “With a lot of family and friends in town, you want to look your best,” Lee explains. Offering styling packages like The VIP and The Styletini Lee shops for clients, and sometimes even helps couples pack for their honeymoons.

Lee isn’t alone in her efforts to assist the betrothed and their wedding parties. Starting with rates of $17 per hour, Sarah Hays of YuDu Concierge runs errands like dropping off welcome gifts at hotels and has even lined up dog-sitters for wedding-goers. “We like to take the overwhelming part out of life so we can let our clients better enjoy these big moments,” says Sarah.

Dianne Shaver, owner of Charleston Wedding Concierge, agrees, and goes a step further, tracking down local vendors for planner-less brides on any budget.

For those looking for even more hand-holding, bustling, or just a personal assistant the day-of, Cacky Williams of Cacky’s Bride + Aid, is your gal. One of the first in the field locally, she’s also become one of the star go-to gals for Charleston’s high-end gown boutiques thanks to her dress-steaming prowess. Her rates start at $125 per hour.

Given the list of potential “saves” runs as long as your love for your man runs deep, check out the leads at right for sanity’s sake.




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