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{WNOK Bridal Expo… this Sunday!}

4 Jan

Make sure to join us this Sunday {January 6, 2013} for the fabulous WNOK Bridal Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Doors open from 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Admission is $8.

ImageStop by our booth to receive a fabulous {favor} as well as enter your name in our drawing for a chance to win the Better Homes & Gardens New Cookbook Bridal Edition! Bring your fiances, girlfriends, moms and future mother-in-laws. It’s going to be a fabulous show!

Here’s a peek at a few of our past shows… see you Sunday!

Image  Image ImageImageImageHappy Planning,



Toasting Etiquette

9 May

Just as with most other things at a wedding, there is a proper etiquette to toasting!  It can be confusing if you’ve never heard of the “rules” associated with toasting.  So take a look at some guidelines to follow when either making or accepting a toast.

~      Traditional order for toasting: The bride’s father OR the best man, the groom thanking his father-in-law or best man and to his new wife, the maid of honor, the groom’s father (if not the best man), the bride, then any guests.

~      For an engagement party or rehearsal dinner, the host should make the first toast.

~      If you are the toastee, it isn’t proper to drink to yourself or raise your glass.  Stay seated and thank the one doing the toasting.

~     If the group is large or it’s a formal occasion, the toaster and toastee may stand together.

~      The host must attract the crowd’s attention before making his toast, which he does by standing and raising his glass-not by banging on a glass with a utensil. No matter how large and noisy the crowd, repeating “May I have your attention” as often as necessary is the more courteous option.

~     If you are doing the toasting, make sure the host has gone first and NEVER toast with water as this is vey unlucky.  Feel free to toast with any other beverage, even an empty glass!

~     Make sure that all the glasses are filled before toasting. The glasses don’t have to hold champagne or wine or any other alcoholic beverage; it’s perfectly fine for nondrinkers to toast with water, juice, or a soft drink. Even an empty glass is better than nothing.

~      Keep the toasts to about 3 minutes, short and sweet, avoid vulgarity, add humor, look people in the eye, and be sure to talk about both the bride and groom.

Here are a few of our favorite toasts… Enjoy!

Here’s to a sweetheart, a bottle, and a friend. 
The first beautiful, the second full, the last ever faithful.


Here’s to the bride and the groom!
May you have a happy honeymoon,
May you lead a happy life,
May you make a bunch of money soon,
And live without all strife.


A toast to love and laughter and happily ever after!

Adding the Rhyme to Your Wedding

1 May

The bride, Jenna, borrowed her Matron of Honor’s jeweled headpiece and her mother’s veil to wear at her wedding.

Now that we’ve discussed where this timeless traditioncomes from, here are a few ways to incorporate each into your wedding.

For the Something Old, popular ideas include using a family heirloom such as jewelry, a handkerchief, pictures of grandparents to be carried (or, if small enough, hung) with the bridal bouquet or placed in frames at the reception, or use pieces from your mother or grandmother’s wedding gown in your own.

The Something New part is generally pretty easy to include as many brides will use the new wedding dress, shoes, jewelry, or even a garter. A new pair of diamond earrings from the groom would be nice, wouldn’t it?

Something blue… fabulous shoes!

When deciding on Something Borrowed, usually you’ll want to choose someone who is happily married and close to you.  Items can include jewelry, a headpiece, hair bobbles, borrow a book from a friend for a passage to be used during the ceremony, or borrow your happily married friend’s son or daughter to be used as the ring bearer or flower girl in your wedding.

Another idea for ‘Something Blue’ for the gentlemen… {love!}

Something Blue can be used in a number of ways throughout a wedding.  If you don’t choose to have blue in your theme, then you can incorporate blue by wearing a blue garter, use blue ribbons in your bridal bouquet, wear blue heels (have your bridesmaids sign the bottom in blue Sharpie), use sapphire jewelry, or have blue in your wedding favors.

As for the Sixpence In Your Shoe, these can be easily bought online from a company or even eBay as they are still available to this day for brides to use on their wedding day!

Mother of the Groom

3 Apr

These days, the groom’s family doesn’t always take a back seat as they used to.  More is expected from the mother of the groom even though the mother of the bride has absorbed most of the duties.  Below you’ll find traditional duties for the mother of the groom.

~     When the engagement is first announced, call the                     mother of the bride and express your happiness over             the coming nuptials.

~     Begin compiling your family’s names and addresses to be added to the Guest           List.

~     Offer to help the bride and groom on ceremony and reception venues,                       especially if it will be held in your town.

~     It is tradition that the groom’s parents host the rehearsal dinner for those                 participating in the wedding as well as their spouse or significant other and               the parents of children in the wedding.

~     Stand in the receiving line greeting guests and introducing your new                             daughter-in-law and her family to yours.

~     Be a supportive shoulder for the mother of the bride.

~     Dance with the groom during the mother/son dance.

To find out traditionally who pays for what, view our blog post on just that!

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!

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

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