March means fashion, flowers, and fabulosity here in Charleston
I don’t know about y’all, but I am thrilled about this spring. Why? Fashion, of course. From designer trunk shows (Vera Wang and Melissa Sweet, to name a few) to full-fledged fashion shows, you brides are bound for fabulousness. And your ’maids? Color them stunning, too.
Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect this March. And as you make your rounds be sure to pick up the latest issue of Charleston Weddings. Find out where to buy a copy here.
Photographs by Megan Green
Flower-Arranging 101 at stems
Looking for something special to do with your ladies in waiting? Gather the gals and head to stems to learn how to create personalized arrangements. Choose your flowers, arrange them for tabletops, and learn some fun design tips and tricks of the trade while you’re at it. Best of all? You—and your buds—leave with your very own arrangements. stems, 208 Coming St.; Tuesday; (843) 697-4155; charlestonstems.com. By reservation only. $100.
Vera Wang Trunk Show at Maddison Row
Vera Wang. Her name alone gives me happy chills. With a new spring line that includes stunning looks like the “Farrah”—a one-shouldered mermaid gown of hand-painted organza and tulle—you’re sure to be impressed. Maddison Row, 171 Spring St.; Friday-Sunday; (843) 720-7979; maddisonrow.com. By appointment only.
Melissa Sweet & Priscilla of Boston at Hayden Olivia Bridal
Melissa Sweet’s bridal gowns look like something straight out of a fairytale. Check out the latest whimsical looks at Hayden Olivia Bridal. Hayden Olivia Bridal, 221 S. Tryon St.; Charlotte, North Carolina; Thursday-Saturday; (704) 333-0379 haydenolivia.com. By appointment only.
A Fashion Show at City Gallery
Chances are you’ve passed The Rose Knot on one of your jaunts down King Street without even knowing it (it’s at 231 King Street, upstairs.) Owned by Stephens College grad Heather Koose, the quaint shop is known for offering clothing alteration services, private sewing classes, and putting on pop-up shop style events and fashion shows. Sponsored by The Belmont, Knit, Amelia & Dan photography, Blushing Brides, DanceFX, and Tabula Rasa, this unique fashion show will feature Heather and five other local’s designs. Expect bold looks meant to provoke thoughts on image and identity. Even better? You may even find some wedding day attire inspo. City Gallery at Waterfront Park, 34 Prioleau St.; Saturday, 6-9 p.m.; (843) 958-6484; www.charleston-sc.gov. $10.
Coren Moore Trunk Show at Hayden Olivia Bridal
New York-based designer Coren Moore began her career when she started designing dresses for her close friends. Check out some of her latest looks (think everything from sweetheart necklines to ruffled, one-shouldered frocks) at Hayden Olivia Bridal. Hayden Olivia Bridal, 221 S. Tryon St.; Charlotte, North Carolina; Thursday-Saturday; (704) 333-0379 haydenolivia.com. By appointment only.
Simple Silhouettes Trunk Show at Bella Bridesmaid
Thanks to designers like Christina Dalle Pezza, founder of Simple Silhouettes, bridesmaids have some stunning looks to choose from these days. Find everything from classic floor-length gowns to shorter, flirty frocks. What you won’t find: a dress whose only worthy of a one-time appearance. Now there’s a bridesmaid dress I can getbehind! Bella Bridesmaid, 341 King St.; Friday-Saturday; (843) 425-8079; bellabridesmaid.com. By appointment only.
Mother-Daughter Class at stems
In need of a little bonding time with Mom or your future mother-in-law? Join the ladies at stems for a special Mother-Daughter floral arranging class. Not only will you get your creative juices flowing, but you may even come up with a few ideas for your own wedding florals. stems, 208 Coming St.; Tuesday; (843) 697-4155; charlestonstems.com. By reservation only. $215/pair.
3rd Lowcountry Artist Market at the Music Farm
Lucky for us, Charleston is full of all kinds of creative sorts. Stop by the Music Farm to check out some of the local talent at an all-day affair that features over 30 local vendors, live music, and cocktails. Leave with items like handmade stationery for your thank you notes (Dodeline Design), custom bags for your bridesmaids (add lib designs), or vintage jewelry for you to don on the Big Day (Candy Shop Vintage). The good news? We hear that there may be a Lowcountry Artist Market dedicated to the wedding world in the works. Music Farm, 32 Ann St., Saturday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m.; (843) 577-6989; musicfarm.com. Free.
2011 Charleston Fashion Week®
Do you have your tickets yet? We sure hope so. Expect looks from local boutiques (like V2V and Copper Penny), new designs from emerging talents, after-parties, and fashion galore. Visit CharlestonFashionWeek.comfor details and tickets. Best? There’s a whole day dedicated to Big Day looks (Saturday, March 26), where you can check out the latest bridal fashions, get your fill of sweet and savory treats (thanks to Lowcountry Eats, New Dream Catering and Sugar bakeshop), and sip on cocktails. Get the full scoop on dates, times, and details at CharlestonSpringBridalShow.com. 2011 Charleston Fashion Week®, Marion Sq. Friday-Saturday; (843) 425-8079; bellabridesmaid.com. By appointment only.
Sylvia Heisel Trunk Show at RTW
You spend all that time getting Big Day ready, so why not treat yourself to a stylish post-wedding ensemble, too? Designer Sylvia Heisel’s couture looks would fit perfectly into that honeymoon suitcase of yours. RTW,186 King St.; Tuesday-Wednesday; (843) 577-97485; rtwcharleston.com.