Archive | March, 2012

Role as Mother of the Bride

26 Mar

Tradition tells us that the mother of the bride carries out numerous roles. First and foremost, the mother of the bride should help to make sure that the wishes of the bride are carried out.  As difficult as it may be, keep in mind that this is not your wedding.  Giving your opinion to the bride is appropriate, but talking her out of something she adores may be overstepping bounds.

Now, with that said and out of the way, take a look at some of the roles you may find yourself taking on as your daughter prepares for her wedding day!

~    Help the bride and groom decide on ceremony and reception venues.

~     Compile names and addresses of family members for the Guest List.

~     Help the bride and groom decide on a budget.

~     Inform the mother of the groom of your colors and style of your wedding day         attire and coordinate with her.

~    As mother of the bride, you are hostess of the entire event!  You may want to          find a close friend to help or hire a wedding planner to aid in the process and          details so you can enjoy the wedding day as much as your daughter.

~     Stand in the receiving line greeting guests.

~     Last, but certainly not least, be a mom – laugh and cry with your daughter if             that’s what she needs!

To find out traditionally Who Pays for What, view our blog post!


Cheryl & Landon – 4/23/11

21 Mar

Cheryl stopped by our booth at the St. Andrews Bridal Show in January 2011. She was so lovely from the start. When she came to me, she had only 3 months until her wedding. So needless to stay… we hit the ground running.

Cheryl and Landon met while in Iraq, and they both still work with the United States Army. After the wedding, they moved just 3 weeks later to Alaska, where they currently reside. The bride wanted a very feminine and soft reception filled with white feathers, pearls, some antique touches… and of course, china! So, whom did we call to be the caterer? Jack Brantley with Aberdeen Catery. Jack always does a flawless job, and he came up with the perfect menu for Cheryl and Landon’s wedding and reception at The Seibels House & Gardens, located in Columbia, SC.

For the invitation, Cheryl and I met with Tara Felder of Jot Papers to create the perfect, feminine invitation… just lovely!

The Seibels House & Gardens is part of the Historic Columbia Foundation, located in the heart of Columbia’s historic district, the circa-1796 house offers one of the city’s most popular venues for all of your special occasions. The ceremony was held in the gardens underneath the beautiful palm trees with a reception in the next garden, underneath a beautiful, white tent from Palmetto Party Rental.

For favors, the bride made an entire array of sweets all from scratch… they were delicious! And for an extra special touch, Cheryl placed her mother’s wedding veil as an overlay on the cake table. It’s all about the details!

Many thanks to Corey Potter for the beautiful photographs… a true, top-notch photographer.

We absolutely loved working with Cheryl and Landon, and we’re happy to say we still keep in touch with the newlyweds even all the way in Alaska. Best wishes to two fabulous people!

Take a look at some of our favorite photos from Cheryl and Landon’s Wedding.



{Cake}  Chef Patrick, Bakery 809

{Caterer}  Jack Brantley, Aberdeen Catery

{DJ}  Soundquest DJs

{Favors}  Sweets made by the bride

{Florals}  Vicki Walker, Carolina Blossoms

{Photographer}  Corey Potter Photography

{Rentals}  Palmetto Party Rental

{Stationary}  Jot Papers

{Venue}  The Seibels House & Gardens

{Wedding Planner}  Meagan Warren Weddings


Wedding Etiquette – Who Pays for What?

19 Mar

When it comes to wedding etiquette, it may seem quite overwhelming at first glance.  Who does what?  Is this proper?  I don’t want to offend …  There are so many questions and concerns to consider, but don’t worry, we’re here to help.

First, let’s tackle one of the main questions – who pays for what?  These days, a lot has changed in this area, but if we’re keeping with tradition then generally …


The Bride’s Side:

~     Wedding gown and accessories

~     Church fees (including rented items for ceremony)

~     Reception costs (including rented items)

~     Invitations/announcements

~     Wedding programs

~     Grooms ring

~     Flowers for the church, reception and bridesmaids

~     Music for ceremony and reception

~     Wedding photographer and videographer

~     Wedding cake and favors

~     Transportation of the bridesmaids and maid/matron of honor to and from             ceremony and reception

~     Gifts for bridesmaids and maid/matron of honor

~     The groom’s gift

~     Lodging for the bridesmaids if ceremony and reception are out of town


The Groom’s Side:

~     Bride’s ring

~     Rehearsal dinner

~     The bride’s bouquet and any corsages and boutonnieres

~     Marriage license

~     Transportation of groomsmen and best man to and from ceremony and                     reception

~     Gifts for groomsmen and best man

~     The bride’s gift

~     Any lodging for the groomsmen, if the ceremony and reception are out of                 town

~     Transportation from reception

~     Honeymoon arrangements


Bridesmaids & Maid/Matron of Honor

~     The outfit/gown worn in the ceremony

~     The bridal shower

~     Your transportation to the area the wedding is located, if you’re out of town

~     A gift for the bride and groom


Groomsmen & Best Man

~     The formal attire worn in the ceremony

~     The bachelor party

~     Your transportation to the area the wedding is located, if you’re out of town

~     A gift for the bride and groom


Meet Erica & Jeremy – 2/5/11

16 Mar

Erica and Jeremy are definitely meant for each other… there are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. They dated throughout high school and college… while Erica was at Winthrop University and Jeremy at The Citadel. They are the perfect match!

It all started with the proposal… a secret plan that Jeremy had schemed all by himself. Without Erica knowing it, he had spelled out ‘Will U Marry Me?” on the back lawn of his parents’ house in white, Christmas lights. Jeremy totally gets full credit for this idea! Little did Erica know, about 30 of their closest friends and family members waited downstairs to surprise her right after the proposal. She burst into tears when she saw everyone waiting to congratulate them both.

Their save-the-date set the tone from the beginning, created by Billingsley Designs. It featured Erica’s favorite wedding colors – fuchsia, black and white. The bride and groom also hired one of the best photographers in town – Courtney Dox Photography. Courtney captured their personalities just perfectly in their engagement photos… along with Erica and Jeremy’s chihuahuas, Gus and Gabby. Too precious!

The ceremony was held at Cornerstone Presbyterian Church with the reception at Saluda Shoals Park River Center. The River Center boasts a large, open floor plan… perfect for wedding receptions and rehearsal dinners. There’s a perfect dance floor space right in the middle amidst a beautiful, stone fireplace.

Here are just a few of our favorite shots from their beautiful wedding… courtesy of Courtney Dox Photography.


{Cake & Caterer}  Simply Delicious

{DJ}  Tony Signorino with Partytime DJs

{Favors}  Paper Pro, Inc.

{Florals}  Weddings by Woolbright

{Photographer}  Courtney Dox Photography

{Rentals}  Rentzall

{Save the Dates}  Billingsley Designs

{Venue}  Saluda Shoals River Center

{Wedding Planner}  Meagan Warren Weddings

Wedding Terminology – Basic Wedding Terms

12 Mar

A wedding is the ceremony in which two people are united in marriage. Ahh, sweet love! Reminds us of the movie, The Princess Bride, when Princess Buttercup is about to say ‘I do’ to Westley. The scene starts with… ‘Mawage is wot bwings us togewa today.’  Gotta love that movie.

Below we’ve listed some standard terms that you may (or may not) be familiar with as a bride while planning your upcoming nuptials. Don’t overlook what you think you may know. Here are a few basic terms to make sure you’re covered!

{Acolyte} anyone who performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar candles

{Best Man} duties include, but not limited to, keeping the bride’s ring safe, signing the marriage license, and, most importantly, getting the groom to the ceremony on time!

{Bridal Party} those who are directly involved in the wedding ceremony.

{Bridal Procession} during the ceremony, the procession of bridesmaids, ring bearer, flower girl, maid/matron/man of honor and then the bride and her father or close family friend walking down the isle.  Groomsmen can either escort the bridesmaids down the isle or enter with officiate, groom and best man from side door and wait at the altar.

{Candle Lighters} young children who light candles at the altar as the bride’s mother takes her seat.

{Cummerbund} a broad sash that goes around the outside of the man’s shirt at the waist.

{Dickey Bow} a bow tie and the most popular tie to wear with a tux.

{Director} ensures that everyone involved in the wedding is in place for the ceremony. They will also be the ones to pin the boutonnieres on the gentlemen and hand the bouquets to the ladies.

{Flower Girl} a young girl, up to age nine, who directly precedes the bride carrying a pomander or scattering flowers along the isle.

{Maid vs. Matron of Honor} a maid of honor differs from matron of honor in that a maid is unmarried.  The duties, however, remain the same – attend to the bride’s dress to make sure it’s properly filled out, hold the groom’s ring for the bride, and is the last bridesmaid to walk down the isle before the bride etc.

{Man of Honor} the title given to a bride’s male friend who is carrying out the duties of the maid/matron of honor.

{Officiate} a minister, cleric, justice of the peace, etc. – the one who performs the ceremony.

{Pages/Page Boys/Train Bearers} young children, usually boys, who follow the bride down the isle, carrying some of her train.

{Ring Bearer} usually a young boy, up to age nine, who walks in the bridal procession carrying a small ornamental pillow/cushion with two rings (not the actual rings) tied to it.

{Unity candle} uses two taper candles with a large pillar candle (called the “unity candle”) in the center. At the beginning of the wedding ceremony, a representative from each family (usually the mothers of the bride and groom) light the two taper candles. Later in the ceremony, the bride and groom use the two taper candles to light the large pillar (unity) candle together.

{Ushers} people (usually men not in the bridal party, however the groomsmen can take on this task) who greet guests when they arrive at the ceremony and take them to their seats. You will need one usher per 50 wedding guests.

{Wedding March} the music to be played during the bridal procession as bridal party comes down the isle.

Happy Planning,


Wedding Terminology – Bridal Veil & Headpieces

8 Mar

The world of weddings can often appear to have a language all its own! Don’t worry; we are here to help you along the way and provide you with the right information for your upcoming wedding. Beginning with the bride’s many varying veil styles and headpieces, we are going to provide you, the inquisitive bride (or bride-to-be), with as many terms and their meanings to give you ample info to become accustomed with the lingo before you say ‘I do.’

{Backpiece} a very decorative comb that sits on the back of the bride’s head and is used for attaching the veil.

{Ballet} also known as a waltz, this refers to the veil length that falls between the bride’s knees & ankles.

{Blusher} a short, single layered veil that covers the bride’s face before the ceremony.

{Cathedral Veil} extends nine feet and due to its volume, often requires wide isles.

{Comb} a bridal headpiece that attaches to the head with teeth that is like a hair comb and can be as ornate as the bride wishes.

{Double Tier} a two-layered veil with one shorter than the other.

{Elbow} a veil length that extends to the bride’s elbow.

{Fascinator} a hair accessory that is worn to the side of the bride’s head and is usually made of feathers, flowers, whispy fabrics such as netting or tulle, crystals, beads, or ribbons and attaches with a comb or bobby pins.

{Finger Tip} a very popular veil length that extends to the bride’s fingers.

{Flyaway} a many-layered veil that will barely reach to the bride’s shoulders.

{Fountain} a veil style where part is gathered at the bride’s head and the rest falls around the face and can reach to either the shoulders or the elbow.

{Half Crown} an ornate headpiece that’s between a crown and a tiara in both size and weight.

{Mantella Veil} a Spanish-style veil that lays over the head vs. being attached with a comb.

{Mantilla} Spanish for “little cloak,” this shawl is made from either lace or tulle and is worn around the bride’s head and shoulders.

{Snood} a knitted net that holds the bride’s hair at the back of the head.

St. Andrews Bridal Showcase – 2012

2 Mar

St. Andrews Bridal Showcase 

Sunday, February 26, 2012

We are so thankful for all the beautiful brides that stopped by our booth on Sunday, February 26 at the St. Andrews Woman’s Club Bridal Showcase. It was a great day at the State Fairgrounds!

Our idea for this show’s booth started with some simple fabric swatches… Gracie Jacquard, Pink Champagne Lamour and Navy Blue Lamour. Many of our 2012 brides have chosen navy blue or French blue for their bridesmaids’ attire. So, we took their inspiration and designed our booth from their favorite color palettes. Thanks ladies!

To do something a little interesting, we chose to incorporate antique oyster plates, real oyster shells (picked from the shores of Pawleys Island) and a mix of silver and gold accents (Mercury glass, gold chargers, silver flatware, gold-rimmed china, silver flower vase, etc.) We think it all came together just so sweetly… with a simple arrangement of Baby’s Breath, Quince and Monty as the centerpiece to bring it all together.

Baby’s breath was very popular in the 80s and 90s, and now – it’s slowly coming back as a beautiful (and inexpensive!) flower when clustered together by itself or just with one or two other accent flowers. Did you know? Baby’s breath’s real name is Gypsophila. Some florists call ‘Baby’s breath” simply “Gyp”, among the floral industry. Its botanical name means “lover of chalk”, which is accurate in describing the type of soil in which this plant grows. Another beautiful flower to pair with Baby’s breath… Queen Anne’s Lace. Just lovely!


St. Andrews Bridal Showcase

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