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Planning Makes Perfect

A 12 Month Guide to planning your Charleston wedding

You’ve said “yes,” now it’s time to start planning your destination Charleston wedding! Here is a timeline of important to-do’s to help you stay organized and make your Big Day worry-free. Get inspired and jump-start your dream day as you scroll through to explore our seamless 12 month itinerary. And, don’t worry…staying on schedule will be a breeze with our downloadable destination to-do checklist!

FIND YOUR VENUE: Whether you’re crafting your vows from scratch or staying true to the order of your faith, your ceremony should express the love you have for one another and the values you hold most dear. From moss-draped oaks and sunlit sand dunes, to historic spiral staircases and piazzas overlooking the harbor, this is the beginning of your story. Once you’ve settled on a date, it’s time to reserve the setting that launches your lifetime.

HIRE AN EVENT PLANNER: Compile your guest list, choose your ceremony officiant, and start planning the wedding of your dreams! Need a little help? Hire a professional Charleston planner; they’ll handle everything from the smallest details to day-of coordination—flawlessly.

SELECT YOUR GOWN: Few moments have the power to stun on sight; your walk down the aisle will be one of them. From classic silhouettes reimagined with peekaboo panels to timeless tea-length hems, find your runway worthy design in Charleston. Indulge in the collective gasp when you appear in your dream gown accompanied by strolling violinists and a bridal party clad in fashion forward floral with bouquets to match; every moment captured by your personal paparazzi.

BOOK YOUR ROOMS: Accommodations for your out-of-town guests are only a click away, giving you more time to envision your epic celebration from passed hors d’oeuvres and craft cocktails to the classical piece used to introduce your first dance.

ADD THE FINAL TOUCHES: Calligraphy to letterpress, understated to embellished, deliver your guests an unforgettable first impression with a stationery suite inspired by your wedding day aesthetic. Add Lowcountry touches to your reception with locally crafted favors, Southern sourced surcees, and curated in-room welcome baskets.

BOOK YOUR TRANSPORTATION: A horse-drawn carriage, a sleek Rolls Royce, a party bus, or a bicycle built for two? Whether you want a unique getaway, or a fun way to give your wedding party a lift, there are plenty of options for transportation in Charleston.

PLAN YOUR BIG DAY BEAUTY: Boho beach waves, a side swept bun, classic red lips, smoky slate shadow, and dewy fresh foundation with a floral crown, bridal portrait and day-of look trials are part of the fun! Relax, sip on some champagne, and behold your wedding day reflection come to life.

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