End-of-season wedding wear sales, a new issue of Charleston Weddings, and more this month
Written by Lizzie Gheorghita
Phew! Time to slow down from all the summer action and reap the benefits of some end-of-summer sales. Didn’t make it to the myriad summer wedding events around Charleston? No worries—read on for stellar sales and trunk shows that will help you ease your way into autumn.
Make a beeline to Bella Bridesmaid for their 2012 Fall Promotion, during which you’ll score 15 percent off all orders of Coren Moore dresses placed before November 1. Those of you with a large bridal party pay extra attention: orders of eight Coren Moore frocks in the same style or more will receive a 20 percent discount—think bridesmaid and junior attendant dresses galore. (Orders will ship the last two weeks of January, and this offer excludes chiffon.) Also of note? The King Street shop will feature new arrivals from WToo and Encore, including frocks to fulfill all your engagement party and rehearsal dinner needs. Plus, keep an eye out for new bridesmaid styles and colors from Amsale and Monique Lhuillier.
If your man’s wardrobe is in need of a fashionable fix, there’s just no resisting the palmetto-patterned Vineyard Vines ties at M. Dumas & Sons. Stop by this month to see the ties in an array of fall hues.
If you’re a handwritten thank-you note kind of gal or you are in search of some DIY invitations for an upcoming wedding party, take note! The RSVP Shoppe is offering 50 percent a selection of off their collection of cute paper products—from bridal shower invitations to thank you notes and more. RSVP Shoppe, 141 Broad Street, (843) 577-9740, www.facebook.com/TheRSVPShoppe
No worries if you didn’t make it to the summer sale at The Bridal House of Charleston, at least 30 to 40 discontinued wedding gowns that have been marked down to $500 are still waiting for that one bride to call them hers.
The Bridal House of Charleston, #20 1055 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, (843) 971-1477, www.bridalhousesc.com
All clients of dodeline design’s full-service custom invitations who sign up in September will receive up to 25 complimentary shower invitations. What more incentive do you need to get in on unique and affordable wedding-related stationery? dodeline design, (843) 606-0890, www.dodelinedesigns.com
Our fair city—and more than three dozen of her top-notch vendors—grabbed some national ink this month with a four-page feature by Charleston magazine’s travel editor Sandy Lang in Brides magazine’s September 2012 issue. Showcased in the issue’s “on Location” section, be sure to check out the long list of the venues, planners, boutiques, caterers, photographers, and florists we Lowcountry locals hold so dear. Shot by frequent Charleston Weddings contributor Peter Frank Edwards, the great piece is a testament to why our turf’s such a sought-after spot to say “I do.” But we already knew that, right?! Be sure to check it outâ€¦
September 5 Clay Rice, Charleston’s famed silhouette artist will be snipping children’s portraits at Blue Bicycle Books Friday, from 3-6 p.m., $40 for two copies. What’s in it for brides? Stop in and check out how he works, then book him to cut live at your reception. It only takes five minutes per child (or wedding guest), and the results are plain charming. We write all about Clay and the options in the Fall-Winter 2012 Charleston Weddings, out in mid-September. Check it out, and check him out, too. Blue Bicycle Books, 420 King Street, (843) 722-2666, www.bluebicyclebooks.com
The 4th annual “Fashion’s Night Out”—a NYC-started, now global shopping initiative—is coming to Charleston’s bridal community by way of Modern Trousseau. Stop by the King Street boutique between 5 and 8 p.m. Thursday, September 6, to join shoppers worldwide in celebrating fashion and boosting consumer confidence and the industry’s economy. In addition to the obvious activity of the night—shopping!—you can also try your hand at designing during the event. As part of the FNO festivities, you’re invited to sketch the wedding dress of your dreams, which, along with all other finished designs, will be posted to the boutique’s website and Facebook page, where the public will help designer Callie Tein pick a winner. Callie will incorporate the winning sketch—or elements of the dress design—into one of her upcoming collections. If that isn’t enough, the winner of the contest will score 20 percent off a bridal or evening gown from the King Street shop. Another perk of the night? You’ll feel good about any purchases made, as Modern Trousseau is donating 10 percent of all retail proceeds from the night to Lowcountry AIDS Services.
September 7 & 8
Time to make moves and head to this two-day Haute Bride bridal accessories trunk show at LulaKate. Browse the featured offerings and treat yourself to can’t-miss discounts, including 10 percent off bridal gowns and Haute Bride accessories, and 5 percent off bridesmaids gowns and little white dresses. Need we say more? LulaKate, 310-B King Street, (843) 805-7193, www.lulakate.com
While you’re at Bridals by Jodi checking out new wedding gowns at their three-day-long sample sale, don’t miss the North Charleston boutique’s newly marked down dresses, going for 15 to 50 percent off. Bridals by Jodi, 7800 Rivers Avenue, Suite 1040, North Charleston, (843) 863-8400, www.bridalsbyjodi.com
Looking to fancy up the fall? Visit Rapport’s trunk show featuring fine evening wear and cocktail dresses in exquisite European fabrics by Colombian-born fashion designer Joseph Plata. Rapport, 235 King Street, (843) 727-0088, www.rapportcharleston.com
Stop in this open-house event happening at Loy Harn Jewelers to reap storewide discounts, drool over the exclusive Nina Nguyen line, and play dress up with just-in rings, necklaces, and earrings. And, with more than 50 engagement ring styles in stock, it’ll be the perfect time to bring your man along for a browse. Loy Harn Jewelers, 1485 Hwy 17 North, Suite B, Mount Pleasant, (Wando Crossing Shopping Center), (843) 881-0111, www.loyharnjewelers.com