Mark your calendars for these best bridal bets
May 31, 2012
Check out all the great goings-on in Charleston's bridal world this June
Written by Molly Hutter
With Memorial Day having whipped by in a hot and sunny blur, summertime’s officially started. Here to rival the heat of our rising temps are this month’s haute wedding happenings about town. From trunk shows to a garden fĂȘte, sample sales to designer meet-and-greets, make room in your schedule, because June is jam-packed.
Wander the gardens of the Governor Thomas Bennett House, browse new collections from top wedding designers, and enjoy refreshments and hors d’oeuvres at this “Garden Muse#8221; party, hosted by Bella Bridesmaid to celebrate the second-year anniversary of TheWeddingRow.com. Special guests Katherine Mullins McDonald of LulaKate and Carol Hannah Whitfield will also be on hand to show off their newest designs. Tickets are available at the door for a $20 cash donation, with a portion of the proceeds going toward Charleston’s Cinderella Project.
Thursday, May 31, 6-9 p.m., The Governor Thomas Bennett House, 69 Barre Street
Jump over to Jean’s Bridal in Mount Pleasant for sizzling summer discounts. Throughout the month of June, the boutique—whose lines include Jim Hjelm, Lazaro, Alfred Sung, and Watters and Watters (just to name a few)—will be offering 20 to 75 percent off all in-stock wedding gowns. Jean’s Bridal, 798 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, (843) 881-2056, www.jeansbridalcharleston.com
Be sure to visit Kiawah Fine Jewelers to receive 40 percent off all tanzanite jewelry. Also, to celebrate this month’s birthstone—the pearl—check out the jeweler’s locally exclusive collection of Mikimoto pearl jewelry. Kiawah Fine Jewelers, 560 Freshfields Drive, Johns Island, (843) 768-5357, www.kiawahfinejewelry.com
June 1 & 2
Calling all Carol Hannah Whitfield fans! Stop by this trunk show at Maddison Row to browse the 2008 Charleston Fashion Week (and Project Runway) graduate’s newest bridal gowns. You’ll also have the chance to meet and greet with the designer herself, as she’ll be stopping by for a special appearance. Maddison Row, 171 Spring Street, (843) 720-7979, www.maddisonrow.com
June 1 & 2
Find some bejeweled beauties at this two-day Rosefire Jewelry trunk show held at Fabulous Frocks. Stop by Friday between 5 and 7 p.m. to browse the collection and enjoy complimentary cupcakes and champagne, or pop in anytime Saturday. Private consultations with the line’s designer, Lauren Edewaard Madden, are available Saturday by appointment.
Get your fill of all things nuptial at Wedding Palooza 2012, hosted by four standout local vendors. Watch demonstrations by Cos Bar makeup artists; have your man styled and fitted by consultants from Charleston Tuxedo; pick up planning advice from Breeze; have your invitation and registry questions answered by Open House; and finally, enter to win a variety of Big Day-related giveaways. Thursday, June 14, 6:30-9 p.m., 28 Windemere Boulevard, West Ashley
On the hunt for that perfect engagement party, bridal shower, or rehearsal dinner dress? Find a frock or glean inspiration at the Lafayette 148: New York trunk show coming to Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant, sure to feature an assortment of on-trend day-time, evening, and cocktail attire. Gwynn’s of Mount Pleasant, 916 Houston Northcutt Boulevard, Mount Pleasant, (843) 884-9518, www.gwynns.com
June 22 & 23
Here’s to the saying “out with the old and in with the new”! To make room for fresh inventory, Maddison Row is holding a storewide sample sale where you’ll find discounts of up to 60 percent on designer gowns from Fancy of New York, Carolina Herrera, Romona Keveza Legends, Monique Lhuillier, Ulla Maija Couture, Vera Wang, and Carol Hannah Whitfield. Maddison Row, 171 Spring Street, (843) 720-7979, www.maddisonrow.com
June 22 & 23
Get ready for a girlfriends’ day out! Gather your attendants and head to Bella Bridesmaid to take a look at the newest styles from Dolly Pearl—known for her unique, architectural, and easy-to-wear designs. Bella Bridesmaid, 341 King Street, (843) 425-8079, www.bellabridesmaid.com
Bridesmaid frocks, bridals gowns, and little white dresses will be yours for the bargain buying at this sample sale at LulaKate. Stop by the shop on King Street or head online to check out the special’s can’t-miss offerings. LulaKate, 324 King Street, (843) 805-7193, www.lulakate.com
Don't forget to enter for your chance to win a $50,000 wedding at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens! Click here for details. Entries are due June 15th.