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Last Call Before the Fall!

July 30, 2012

Last Call Before the Fall!

Written by Lizzie Gheorghita

August is fast approaching and at Charleston Weddings, we’re all wondering where the summer has gone. But with the tax-free weekend coming up (August 3-5), which includes wedding wear, we think we might be able to savor the last sweet days in high style. Check out this rich assortment of nuptial-related sales and special events headed your way.

Throughout August
If you’re looking to buy your big white gown, bridal shorty, or attendant dresses from LulaKate, this is the month to get busy. All orders placed between now and August 31 will receive a five percent discount. Shoot an email to for all the details.
LulaKate, 310-B King Street, (843) 805-7193,

Throughout August
Budget-conscious bridesmaids will delight over LulaKate’s “Farewell Fabrics” special starting in August. A limited collection of silk frocks will be offered at discounted prices. Get the details by following the boutique on social media (; or email
LulaKate, 310-B King Street, (843) 805-7193,

Throughout August
Jean’s Bridal’s summer sale isn’t over just yet. Head to the Mount Pleasant shop to score between 20 and 75 percent off on all in-stock gowns, including those from Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, Alfred Sung, Watters and Watters, and others.
Jean’s Bridal, 798 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, (843) 881-2056,

Throughout August
The semi-annual sale at M. Dumas & Sons keeps getting better. Selected seasonal merchandise was just marked down to 50 percent off, and there’s a really, really good chance that the remaining sale items will be discounted even more throughout the month. Stop in to see what deals you can snag.
M. Dumas & Sons Inc., 294 King Street, (843) 723-8603,

Throughout August
Sometimes it is easy being green. Loy Harn Jewelers is offering 20 percent off this month’s birthstone, peridot. The olive-green gemstone is a perfect shade for fall, and as the stone is featured on rings, earrings, and necklaces throughout the store, it’ll be easy to find that special piece for your ensemble.
Loy Harn Jewelers, 1485 Hwy 17 North, Suite B, Mount Pleasant, (Wando Crossing Shopping Center), (843) 881-0111,

Throughout August
Big things are happening at Grady Ervin & Co. this month—like 20 percent discounts and buy-one-get-one-free deals. You’ll want to stay on top of this semi-annual sale, as discounts tend to reach up to 50 percent off as the weeks tick by. Also, look out for new fall merchandise, which will be arriving daily.
Grady Ervin & Co., 313 King Street, (843) 722-1776,

Throughout August
Be sure to take a peek at the 40-percent-off sale cabinet at Paulo Geiss Jewelers. What’s inside? We won’t tell… you’ll need to stop by and see for yourself what they’ve added to the cache this month.
Paulo Geiss Jewelers, 116 East Bay Street, (843) 577-4497,

Now through August 15
Scrambling to find that finishing-touch piece for an upcoming event? Fret no more–Kiawah Fine Jewelry is hosting a Mikimoto pearl jewelry trunk show. These stunning, one-of-a-kind designs are classic complements to any bridal look.
Kiawah Fine Jewelry, 560 Freshfields Drive, Johns Island, (843) 768-5357,

August 1-6
Simultaneous trunk shows from Amsale, Jenny Packham, and White Couture make visiting White a no-brainer. Add the tax-free weekend in the mix, and you’re sure to go home happy.
White, 259 Seven Farms Drive #1A, Daniel Island, (843) 471-2975,

August 2
Attention crafty and/or budget-savvy brides, this one’s for you: At the Do-It-Yourself Wedding Workshop, you’ll glean tips, ideas, and inspiration to get your DIY planning in motion. Hosted by an impressive list of local vendors (Blue Planet Green Events, dodeline design, MIX Premier Bartending, Fabulous Frocks, MOSAIC CATERING, Other Brother Entertainment, Shannon Michele Photography, Stage Presence Equipment Rentals, Snyder Rentals, Paper Dolls Wedding Hair and Makeup, Carla Bakes, and shutter booth), you’ll learn from the masters by way of mini fashion shows, demos, tastings, and more. The event is limited to 60 participants, so do yourself a favor and sign up now! ($25 per person; $45 with guest). For more information, call Blue Planet Green Events, (843) 633-1638.
DIY Wedding Workshop, 5:30 to 9 p.m., Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Road,

August 3 & 4
This tax free-weekend, when you place a special order through the Bridal House of Charleston and pay in-full, you will receive a free slip veil. The boutique has also kicked off its end-of-summer sale (which will last all month), with some gowns marked down by 25 percent and others going for as little as $500.
The Bridal House of Charleston, #20 1055 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, (843) 971-1477,

August 3 & 4
See the newest styles from Romona Keveza Legends at this trunk show coming to Maddison Row. Or, take full advantage of the tax-free weekend and stop by to buy.
Maddison Row, 171 Spring Street, (843) 720-7979,

August 3-6
Start August off right by saying ’ello to the new Sydney, Australia-based collection from Sarah Janks. Her critically acclaimed gowns with their “strong, feminine shapes” are making their U.S. debut at the Gown Boutique of Charleston, and these trunk show gowns will be offered at 10 percent off.
Gown Boutique of Charleston, Belle Hall Shopping Center, 664-A Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, (843) 856-2682,

August 10-12
Bridals by Jodi is hosting a trunk show featuring the latest styles from Allure Bridals. The gowns feature built-in corsets with a patented fit guaranteed to make your walk down the aisle confident, comfortable, and of course, alluring.
Bridals by Jodi, 7800 Rivers Ave Suite 1040, North Charleston, (843) 863-8400,

August 11
Walk away with much more than groceries from the “Whole Wedding” event happening at Whole Foods (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.). Showcasing the natural and organic grocer’s catering, floral, and bake shop services, the event will feature demos, samples, and tastes of wedding cakes, cocktail bites, bridal bouquets, and more.
Whole Foods Market of Mount Pleasant, 923 Houston Northcutt Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, (843) 971-7240,

August 13
Stop by REEDS for a one-day-only “Diamond Extravaganza,” featuring natural color, color-enhanced, and loose diamonds, plus many more precious pieces in unique settings. The sale runs from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
REEDS Jewelers, 1239-C Belk Drive, Mount Pleasant, (843) 416-3174,

August 16 & 17
Is your silver collection in need of a little TLC? Bring your silver jewelry, dishes, candlesticks, and other goods to this silver refinishing clinic at Croghan’s Jewel Box. This is a great opportunity for those with upcoming fall and winter wedding parties to get your silver looking its best.
Croghan’s Jewel Box, 308 King Street, (843) 723-3594,

August 17 & 18
Stressing about your Big Day look? Worry no more! Local bridal boutique Fabulous Frocks and Happily Ever BorroWED (the Rent the Runway for bridal accessories) are coming together for a trunk show that’ll have you covered. You can find your gown plus the accessories to match, both at can’t beat prices.
Fabulous Frocks of Charleston, 100 Church Street, (843) 754-1855,,

August 19
Hit up your favorite coffee shop on the way to this HUGE bridal event–you’re going to need the caffeine! The Southern Bridal Show is coming to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center, bringing with it wedding professionals, honeymoon experts, photographers, wedding cake samples, DJs… need I continue? If there were ever a one-stop-shop for planning inspiration, this would be it. Purchase your tickets either online ($10) or with cash at the door ($15).
Southern Bridal Show, noon to 5 p.m., 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, (800) 532-8917,

August 17-25
Stop by Gown Boutique of Charleston for the Alvina Valenta Bridal trunk show, showcasing the collection's newest designs.
Gown Boutique of Charleston, Belle Hall Shopping Center, 664-A Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, (843) 856-2682,

August 23
Now don’t lose steam just yet! You and your closest girlfriends can treat yourselves to champagne and shopping at Gown Boutique of Charleston’s Bridesmaids & Bubbles event. Spring 2013 brides, take note–new attendant looks are hitting the racks just in time for you to place your orders.
Gown Boutique of Charleston, Belle Hall Shopping Center, 664-A Long Point Road, Mount Pleasant, (843) 856-2682,

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