Spring Flings Mark your calendar for these must-see bridal and wedding events
WRITTEN BY Melissa Bigner PHOTO BY Dreamland Images
January is my favorite time of year to get planning and organize what to do and see and when. If you’re of the same mind and either recently got engaged or simply love all things wedding, here’s a roundup of some of the best of spring flings on my radar in the Lowcountry. All of us here at Charleston Weddings are marking our calendars with these events, openings, and book signings. Hope to bump into you at any number of them! Click here to let me know if you have more great events to add.
Stems, January 27
Anne Bowen’s new shop opens with cocktails and treats from Canape caterer, Cynthia Groseclose, January 27, 4:30 to 8 p.m. Anne is sharing the space with top wedding photographer Leigh Webber and she plans to teach floral and entertaining classes there with the gals from Southern Protocol. Corner of Cannon and Coming streets, downtown at 208 Coming and 41 Cannon streets.
Bella Vista Bridal, February 4-5
Expect Mayor Riley in his ribbon-cutting finest, Saks’ Armani makeup reps giving mini-makeovers, treats from Charleston Place Hotel, florals from Bloom, and Charleston Weddings Bridal Couture Show ticket giveaways at the grand Bella Vista Bridal opening in downtown Charleston. The shop’s flagship salon is in Columbia, but their new Lowcountry spot will have the largest collections of gowns in the downtown area proper, and appointments should start February 6. The first night is for industry folks, but the second night is wide open to the public. 211 King St., adjacent to Saks. Call (843) 884-7191 or visit bellavistabridal.blogspot.com.
Weddingsby Tara Guérard, February 6 & 20
Charleston’s own Soirée by Tara Guérard sets the standard for fine weddings in the South and far, far beyond. Get a peek at some of her most fabulous events in her new book, Weddings by Tara Guérard (Gibbs Smith, $30, December 2009), and visit the entertaining maven herself when she signs copies February 6 at Mount Pleasant’s Barnes & Noble Town Centre (11 a.m.) and downtown’s Vieuxtemps (2 p.m.), and February 20 at West Ashley’s Barnes & Noble (1 p.m.). For more information visit soireebytaraguerard.com.
BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, March 5-7
Come visit Charleston Weddings in the Charleston Magazine Demo Booth at the festival! We’ll feature gathering—floral + event design’s Heather Barrie and I dressing a bridal luncheon or shower table with super-simple ideas from our new book, Southern Bouquets (Gibbs Smith, April 2010), Saturday, March 6 at noon. And Sunday, Soirée’s queen bee Tara will use ideas from her new book, Weddings by Tara Guérard, to show how etiquette and special touches can dress up a rehearsal dinner or reception, Sunday, March 7 at 1:15 p.m. For more information visit charlestonmag.com.
Charleston Fashion Week’s
Bridal Couture Show, March 20
Don’t miss this one! Charleston Weddings puts on the couture gown and bridal show of the year Saturday, March 20, in Marion Square. Five bridal salons will hit the runway, top jewelry and accessory designers will show and sell their wares, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra will rock out, Newton Farms will serve sweet and savory bites, presenting sponsor Heather Barrie of gathering— floral + event design will dress our very own Charleston Fashion Week tent to the nines, and Carol Hannah Whitfield, Charleston’s own star of 2009’s Project Runway, will debut her first bridal line. Can you even stand it? We can’t! Doors open at 11 a.m., shows begin at noon, and it all wraps up by 2:30. For more information visit charlestonfashionweek.com.