Use Local Elements to Create Inexpensive Wedding Appeal

At a rehearsal dinner the other evening, we catered a farm-to-table style dinner where the guests dined oceanfront. The wedding rehearsal took place at a beautiful, home on Hilton Head’s North Forest Beach.
Renting a home on Hilton Head Island is a great option for your out-of-town family to rent and host a rehearsal dinner. There are many local rental companies that can assist with accommodations.
When we were planning our table centerpieces, it was our intention to use sand in the bottom of mason jars with a candle for the cocktail tables. However, it was a very rainy day (luckily the storm passed before the dinner) and the sand was too wet to use. When I came back to the house from the beach, I noticed there were gravel pebbles that were used in the driveway of the home…score! We substituted the gravel for the sand for a beautiful centerpiece.

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How Much Time is Enough?

It is certainly easy to get ahead of yourself when planning a wedding. It is important to get the most important items checked off your list first and focus on the other details later.

There is no reason to work on favors when you haven’t even selected a venue.

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Don't Panic!

Getting married can be stressful, but let it be a happy time! There are plenty of amazing vendors on Hilton Head Island here to serve your every need. Professional, friendly wedding vendors are here to serve you and make your day memorable.

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Photography options

This week I am up in central NY visiting my in-laws. The other evening our old wedding pictures surfaced and it was amazing to see what the ‘style’ was almost ten years ago– not only the colors that were popular, but the style of photography. The majority of my pictures were posed images of family and friends, which is now the one request from brides that they don’t want from their photographer today.

Of course it is important to get a few posed shots of the family and wedding party, but couples today are looking at the overall style and feel of the photographers images. A photojournalistic approach-capturing the candid events of the day as they unfold-is a direction most couples want to see from their wedding images.

There is also an illustrative approach where it blends traditional and photojournalistic styles allowing the couples to relax and interact without much direction so the photographer can capture some spontaneity, but there is still some technical control of the picture.

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It's a HOT one!

It is summertime on Hilton Head Island which means beautiful clear blue skies, but it can also mean high temperatures and an occasional rain shower in the afternoon. What does that mean for your June/July/August wedding? Be prepared.

If you are getting married outside, please have a rain plan. Classic Party Rentals, Affairs to Remember, The Tent Factory, all carry tents for you to secure for your wedding. Having a tent reserved as a back-up plan is the best insurance you can buy for an outdoor wedding. Most companies require 50% down to hold the tent. Ask about their cancellation policy, but most times it usually is not far enough out to really know what weather Mother Nature is going to bring. My advise is to have the tent reserved and be prepared to spend the deposit.

Also, think about a cool refreshing drink for your guests when they arrive. Bottled water in a nice galvanized tub will keep with the southern style, and be practical at the same time. Don’t forget to stay hydrated yourself!

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A Cinderella Story

Lindsay Daniels was married yesterday to the boy next door-literally. Justin Jarman lived next to Lindsay in Charleston where she is a nurse at Roper St. Francis. Lindsay walked her dog by Justin’s house purposely so he would notice her-and did he ever!

On Saturday, June 11th, 3 years after finally meeting, they married in front of 300 guests at Palmetto Bluff Resort.

I had the honor of speaking with Lindsay and her mother 5 hours prior to her nuptials. Lindsay was radiant and her mother beamed as she explained why their wedding day was a Cinderella story.

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Who's wedding is it anyway?

This week I must reflect on the dynamics of being a zilla. You don’t have to be in the wedding business to have heard the term bridezilla. I, however, would like to take zilla from the bride and pass it on to other members of the wedding party. In other words, one could be a groom-zilla, a bridesmaid-zilla, or what I recently encountered, a mother-in-law-zilla.

I have concluded that anyone who takes center-stage the wedding day, and declares the attention as their own (in not a nice way) is a zilla.

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Florists, Photographers and Musicians….OH MY!

Choosing Hilton Head Island as a perfect wedding location shouldn’t only be because of the Island’s natural beauty and gorgeous beaches, accessible location for your guests, it should also be because of the array of top-notch wedding vendors this Island has to offer!

As I started this blog, it troubled me to think of how I could possibly mention each and every vendor well deserved of “blogging” recognition. Over time, I will do my best to introduce the southern brides and grooms of Hilton Head Island to each hotel, country club, caterer, musician, transportation company, officiant, spa, salon, photographer, florist and planner-OH MY! (I have a lot of work to do!)

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Sweetest Part of the Wedding

The best part of the wedding day for me is sampling the leftover cake and desserts! Wedding cakes have evolved into more than a 3-tier, symmetrical concoction of flour, sugar and buttercream. Thanks in part to reality TV, wedding cakes are becoming the focal point of the reception with price tags into the thousands.

Personally, I have never encountered the cake that comes with a construction team to assemble, but I have worked with amazing local cake designers and pastry chefs that create a beautiful and delicious compliment to the weddings.

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A Historic Island Style Wedding

One of the reasons I love weddings on Hilton Head Island is the variety of venues there are to choose from. Historic Honey Horn Plantation at the Coastal Discovery Museum is on the top of my list because it truly reflects the history and southern charm of our area. Once a working cotton plantation, Honey […]

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