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Part One: Forward March!

February 25, 2013

Part One: Forward March!
Make way for this month’s fashion-packed list of hot bridal happenings

With wedding-minded workshops, trunk shows, and sales aplenty, this month’s calendar is packed with top-notch goings-on. In fact, it’s so full, we’re breaking the roundup into two parts. Read on for don’t-miss details and don’t forget to get your tickets for the 2013 Charleston Weddings Magazine’s Spring Bridal Show on March 23! We’ll send you the next installment of March events the first of next week.

February 28-March 2

Stumped on what to wear to your upcoming engagement fête? Rapport introduces Armani Collezioni’s spring/summer 2013 collection. Featuring cotton and silk dresses in an array of hues, lengths, and silhouettes, you’ll have no trouble finding a frock that flatters.

Rapport, 235 King St., (843) 727-0088,

February 28-March 2

Head to Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant to see the latest fashions from ESCADA’s Caravan collection. Known for colorful, modern takes on classic cuts, ESCADA ensures to find a dress for any and all your spring shindigs.

Gwynn’s of Mt. Pleasant, 916 Houston Northcutt Blvd., Mount Pleasant, (843) 884-9518,

Throughout March

Men: If you’re still searching for that tuxedo for your spring or summer ceremony, now’s the time to buy at JoS. A. Bank. From now through July, in addition to offering $20 off tuxedo rentals, they’re cutting for-purchase tuxedo prices from $795 to $275.

JoS. A. Bank, 328 King St., (843) 723-9770,

Throughout March

Grab your gals and get to Bella Bridesmaid this month to check out the new 2013 collections from two gown-making gurus. New styles of Dolly Pearl’s oh-so-flirty frocks are now in shop, along with Monique Lhuillier’s 2013 ’maids collection. Call today to schedule your appointment.

Bella Bridesmaid, 341 King St, Suite C, (843) 425-8079,

Throughout March

In celebration of St. Patty’s Day, Kiawah Fine Jewelry is offering 30 percent off emerald and peridot pieces. Also of note to the newly engaged: The Kiawah Island jeweler now offers a registry. Betrothed couples, visit the store to select pieces for your wedding day wish list—a bracelet for the bride, a watch for the groom? Friends and family can then make contributions—in increments of $20 or $50—toward the gifts.

Kiawah Fine Jewelry, 560 Freshfields Dr., Kiawah Island, (843) 768-5357,

Throughout March

Find your dream dress at a dream price at Bridals by Jodi. Samples are always on sale, which means you can score a gown discounted anywhere from 10 to 25 percent.

Bridals by Jodi, 7800 Rivers Ave., North Charleston, (843) 863-8400,

Throughout March

This one’s for the boys: If five or more groomsmen purchase their ensembles from Charleston Tuxedo, the groom gets his getup for free. While you’re there, ask about the 15 percent promotional discount card.

Charleston Tuxedo, 60 Calhoun Street, (843) 974-5938,

March 1 & 2

Seeing as Lynn Lugo started as a ready-to-wear designer, it’s no wonder her bridesmaid frocks are perfect not only for the Big Day but beyond as well—we promise. View her newest styles at this trunk show coming to Bella Bridesmaid. Call now to set up your appointment.

Bella Bridesmaid, 341 King St, Suite C, (843) 425-8079,

March 8 & 9
Joanna August launched in 2008 with the goal of banishing the only-wear-it-once bridesmaid dress. Mission accomplished. Schedule your appointment to see the designer’s latest Ceremony collection during this trunk show at Bella Bridesmaid.

Bella Bridesmaid, 341 King St, Suite C, (843) 425-8079,

March 8-10

Is your silver collection in need of some TLC? Sign up for this weekend-long refinishing clinic at Croghan’s Jewel Box to get those fine items fixed up and perfectly polished before the Big Day. And while you’re there, see if the latest beach-inspired jewelry from designer Judith Paixao, featuring a selection of special sea glass pieces, might include something just can’t pass up. Croghan’s Jewel Box, 308 King St., (843) 723-3594,

March 9

Attention DIY brides, helpful mothers, or crafty maid of honors: calligraphy classes at the Charleston Museum will teach you the ins and outs of penning pretty letters—ideal for addressing invitations or making wedding signage. Natasha Lawrence of South Carolina Calligraphy leads the group lessons, and attendees walk away with a calligraphy pen, guide, and practice paper to keep. Learn more about Natasha—and calligraphy, in general—by taking a peek at this Q&A we had with her last month.

Introduction to Calligraphy: 9 a.m.-noon; Wedding Calligraphy: 1-4 p.m.

The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, (843) 722-2996, $30 for museum members, $40 for non-members;

March 10

One part information-packed bridal show, one part inspired fête, the fifth bi-annual “Wedding Workshop” by the eco-conscious ladies at Blue Planet Green Events is the perfect chance for DIY brides to mix, mingle, and consult with the Lowcountry’s top wedding vendors—including amelia + dan photography, Fabulous Frocks, Other Brother Entertainment, Photo Lily, Ruffled Ink, Snyder Event Rentals, and Stage Presence. Enjoy brunch fare by Three Little Birds Catering and cocktails from Mix Premiere Bartending, peruse an assortment of tablescapes dressed by the event’s hosts, join in round-table discussions, and enter to win discounts and door prizes. There’s no way you’ll leave the venue not inspired!

Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing, 1500 Old Towne Rd., 12:30-5 p.m., $25, (843) 633-1638,

Mon, 02/25/2013