Meet Sara Skinner, Scarlet Plan & Design's Founder | Charleston Wedding Planner, Designer & Bridal Stylist

Sara {aka G. Dubs} is the sassy smart mouth, wild hearted girl-boss and creative genius behind Scarlet Plan & Design and Revolution Wedding Tours. This Jersey Girl wants to live in a world where her Hogwarts acceptance letter came on time, sarcasm & champagne burns calories and Pinterest projects turn out just like the pictures. As founder she travels a lot for our full-service clients, mentors all the new hires, and handles all the big-picture decisions for SPD like where we're heading next, who to partner with and all the other businessy stuff that goes along with her fancy-pants, grown up title. 

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Losing the Wedding Cake | Non-traditional Wedding Sweets | Non-traditional Weddings

So we haven't gone completely mad when we say you should "lose" the wedding cake.  We really mean that you shouldn't feel like you HAVE to go the traditional route when it comes to choosing your sweets for your guests.  There are no rules when it comes to having (or not having) the big old wedding cake for 250 people.  If you don't like cake, you don't have to serve cake.  Or at least not an entire cake for everyone.

One of my favorite new trends I've been seeing pop up in several of my weddings is the smaller sized cake simply for cutting purposes and a huge dessert bar filled with all their favorite goodies.  I mean, what do you do if neither of you really enjoy cake?  I suggest tossing it out the window (not literally!) and serving your dearly beloved something you both actually enjoy.


What if your first date was at a fabulous little coffee shop and you shared an incredible little donut and would love to share that special moment with everyone?  Get your "cake" made out of donuts!

And who says pie is just for picnics?  We beg to differ!  Go for something outside the box and serve up adorable little miniature pies.  Or feel free to go even crazier with pies on a stick!

Or do what Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds did when they got hitched in Charleston at Boone Hall Plantation just last year, serve a little bit of everything!  They had the cake flown in from Virginia and had tons of amazing local bakeries put an incredible dessert station together for them with everything from strawberry shortcakes to s'mores bars to tiny little tartlets.

The possibilities are really quite limitless when you realize that your wedding is all about you and your new spouse.  There is nothing holding you back from serving what you want how you want it!  So be brave and throw that wedding cake out the window!

 

 

Nautical Themed Navy, Yellow, Red Baby Shower

Hey, y'all, welcome to my first blog post! What's a better first blog post than one about your own baby shower?  I planned this nautical themed baby shower around my love of the water and all things nautical.  I grew up "down the shore" in Jersey and have scrambled to get back to the beach every chance I get.   My husband and I got engaged at the beach and later wed in the same spot.  Needless to say it was a no-brainer when we started planning the shower that our love of the water would be passed down to our son.  We knew there was a fine line between "Yacht Club" and "Margaritaville" and that it would be all too easy to cross that line so we paid close attention to every detail and choice we made.  Held at Country Club of the South, this event overflowed with nautical details. Along with floral arrangements, small ships served as centerpieces on tables bedecked in yellow, blue and white. Colorful flags and netting hung from the walls. And one of my favorite details? The beautiful wooden rowboat used to store gifts! Grab a compass and set sail for this gorgeous maritime celebration with these photos by Kelly Lane Photography! View More: http://kellylane.pass.us/skinner

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Party Professionals Planning, Design, & Florals: Sara Skinner Scarlet Plan + Design | Photography: Kelly Lane Photography | Venue:Country Club of the South | Catering & Cakes: Gardenia’s Custom Cakes and Catering | Hats and Fascinators: Tina Kite Millinery | Backdrop: Backdrop Baby |  Hair & Makeup: Brushworx Hair & Makeup | Linens: Nuage Designs  | Invitations & Printed Materials: Invitation Creations | Photobooth Props: Amp’d Atlanta