This gorgeous wedding inspiration was richly warm, luxuriously rustic and an inviting celebration incorporating the colors, materials and textures found in a mountain lodge. Plush furs, traditional tartans, rich leather, antlers and hardwoods complemented this simple color palette perfectly to round out this masculine wintry wedding at the gorgeous Coleman Hall & Chapel in Charleston, SC.Read More
Which vendors should I tip at my wedding?
Today we're talking about the yucky stuff...money. Usually our blogs are about the funsies and picking out the pretty stuff or yummy cakes, but today is all about the moolah. Most of our clients are usually pretty in the dark about who to tip at the wedding and thus end up asking us. So we figured it was about time to get a blog up on that subject! Keep in mind tips are always optional but several vendors will expect them. Make sure you give the envelopes to the planner or the best man before the event to be given out at the end of the night and/or service performed.
Firstly let's talk about tipping your planner, and no, this is NOT a plug for us to get more money out of you!
Sure, a tip is AMAZING and always very appreciated, but something a bit more personal for the gal (or gent) you've spent tons of time planning this special day with is probably in order. I'd suggest getting her a generous gift card for a restaurant you know she loves or a gift card for a pair of Tieks (anyone who spends hours on their feet should totally own a pair...or four!) or a gift basket filled with her favorite wines and cheeses would be divine! Whatever you do get her, make sure it's personal and well thought out and you'll certainly make her feel loved! Side note, I would suggest tipping her staff individually. $50-100 per person is perfect.
Should I tip the wedding photographer?
Photographers don't expect to be tipped if they own the company, but if they only work for the company we suggest tipping them anywhere from $50-200 per person. Same rule applies to their second shooters, we suggest tipping them as well. As for a nice thank you for the photographer, try to send them something well thought out and personal.
Should I tip the wedding hair and makeup artist?
Hair and makeup artists are definitely expecting to be tipped. We usually suggest 15-25% of the total at the end of the appointment.
Should I tip the officant?
Officiants usually expect to be tipped as well but it's a bit of a gray area as to how much. Some people feel that if they're charging you to officiate then that's good enough, but we usually suggest tipping them 10-15% of the total, and if you're only asked to make a donation it should be at least $200.
Which other vendors should we tip?
If you've used a larger choir for the service and they haven't charged you a large fee, we'd recommend making a donation to their church for a small amount (around $100 is good) and giving them some cupcakes or cookies when the ceremony ends.
Definitely plan to tip anyone playing an instrument for the ceremony. Whether they're playing as a group or a soloist, we suggest between $50-100 per person.
Check directly with the caterer when it comes to tipping the catering staff. They typically have their gratuity and/or service fees built into the contract so ask them if that goes to the staff. If the gratuity isn't given right to the staff, we recommend tipping each of them. We suggest 2-5% of the total bill, and have your wedding planner give it to the banquet captain or catering manager at the end of the night.
Bartenders should be tipped if they didn't have a tip jar out for the guests to tip them. We suggest $150-200 each.
Another person that will expect a tip is the transportation driver. We suggest 15-20% of the total.
Reception musicians and/or DJ
The band or DJ are technically optional tips, but usually recommended. If they've done an especially good job and really kept the party on its feet, we suggest $50-100 per musician and at least $200 for a great DJ.
We always suggest tipping the rental delivery/set up staff. Usually about $20-30+ per person is perfect for them. They don't expect it, but if they're delivering a ton of stuff, moving things multiple times or coming back for a super late pick-up it's a very nice touch.
We suggest generously tipping anyone who falls into one of the more specialized categories below:
- Cake or specialty dessert vendor
- Photo booth operators
- Live wedding painters
- Henna artists
We hope this helped clear up the great tipping questions we're sure you all have!
The Parsonage in Charleston was the perfect venue for Brent & Lisa's intimate, family only elopement.Read More
Addressing your wedding invitations is kind of a big deal. And although there are about a million super fun ways to address your envelopes for your wedding invites and more fonts and envelope choices than I can count, there are some rules of etiquette that simply cannot be broken when it comes to HOW the titles are worded.Read More
Preppy nautical weddings abound in the Lowcountry but Scarlet Plan & Design and The Click Chick Photography rocked the boat with this wedding coastal inspiration!
When Mackenzie, THE Click Chick, and I first started talking about doing a shoot together we knew it had to be nautical and it had to be at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina (aka CHRM). We're both obsessed with all things coastal so it was a natural fit and the perfect venue for our Nautical South Shoot.
We started with the very nautical navy and white as our base colors in the palette and used a fun citron green and a deeper emerald green as an unexpected pop of color throughout the entire shoot. After the color choices were made we started assembling a team of awesome, creative vendors perfect for pulling off the incredible shoot we're about to share with you!
Catering and mixology was done on site and was mouth watering to say the least! With the stunning Kristen Cook (AKA the real Miss Charleston!) as our bride and Citadel alum Ben Hebel as our handsome groom and professional ballet dancer Crystal Wellman as our Maid of Honor, our fake wedding party was ready to go! Can you believe how gorgeous they all look together?
My biggest piece of advice given to all my couples is to look into your own lives for inspiration and to stay true to yourselves to create a memorable and unique wedding that is completely YOU!
as always, happy planning my loves!
Shoot Design & Coordination :: Sara Skinner with Regis Byrd of Scarlet Plan & Design | Photographer :: The Click Chick Photography | Venue :: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina | Accessories :: Simply Southern Wedding | Accessories & Home Decor :: C. Wonder (now closed) | Cake :: Delicious Desserts | Boat :: The OM Sailing Charter | Bridal Attire :: designed by Sara Skinner of Scarlet Plan & Design, (skirt) Gown Boutique of Charleston, (top) Target | Bridesmaid's Attire :: LulaKate | Catering :: On site by CHRM | Customized Dockers :: Sperry Topsiders | Florist :: On A Limb Floral Design | Groom's Attire :: (jacket) Charleston Tuxedo | Linens :: Ultrapom | Makeup :: Hana Mohalo | Hair :: Hair by Takeshia | Live Sketch Artist :: C. Ellis Designs | Oyster Knives :: Custom Coastal Knives | Rentals :: Snyder Events | Stationery :: The Silver Starfish | Styling & Jewelry Curating :: Alden deHart for Scarlet Plan & Design | Vintage Trunk :: 428 Main | Welcome Bag :: A Signature Welcome
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Custom made oyster knives make the perfect bride & groom gifts for the nautical couple!
Custom designed invitations sporting real compasses were absolutely perfect for helping guests find their way to the wedding!
We opted to skip the traditional flower boutonniere and use a nautical knot instead. Believe it or knot (see what I did there? ha!) that gold anchor is an earring!
The gals at A Signature Welcome worked with us to craft a welcome bag we'd LOVE to give our own guests! They used our color palette paired with perfectly curated gifts sure to make your guests feel welcomed and at ease during their weekend in the sun with you at your wedding!
The morning of your wedding don't forget to bring one of your fiance's button down shirts to wear while you're getting your hair and makeup done and for all those sweet "getting ready" shots with your ladies!
Ah, the details...the stunning engagement ring with the citron stone was on loan from a private collection and is unavailable for purchase at this time (insert sad face here!), but everything else seen here can be yours! All jewelry was curated by Bridal Stylist Alden deHart for our shoot and can be yours simply by booking her services! See our Styling page for more info.
I wanted to do something completely off the wall but still wearable for the bride's gown so I paired a huge tulle ball-gown skirt from Gown Boutique of Charleston with a navy and white striped top from Target! When we started getting Kristen dressed we realized that we needed a belt around her waist so Alden used a fabulous pearl necklace wrapped in a grosgrain navy and white striped ribbon and it was perfect! And don't even get me started on how much I adore that rope necklace!
In sticking with our nontraditional wedding attire, we had Ben rock dark washed jeans paired with a pale blue button-down and a crisp white tuxedo jacket. It was the perfect choice for our seafaring couple!
This is probably one of my favorite images from the entire shoot. All 3 of the models wore custom navy and white Sperrys and they could not have been more perfect! I mean, boat shoes for a nautical wedding?! Obvi! And wouldn't they make the perfect gifts for your wedding party?
A live sketch artist to capture your wedding day and provide a little entertainment for the guests is one way to go when you want to stray from the expected at your wedding!
Y'all, that's a real working cannon from the 1800's that my sweet hubby's buddy let us borrow. That little thing must weigh about 70 freaking pounds! Thanks for helping us get that out there, Snyder! And thanks for letting us borrow it, Chris!
See that beautiful catamaran in the background? We shot our next (and final) scene aboard her and you're going to love the unique Grand Exit "vehicle" we chose for this faux wedding!
For our Grand Exit aboard the OM catamaran we took Kristen out of the boatnecked 3/4 sleeved shirt and rope necklace and put her in a fun white and blue tank top and a more casual anchor necklace. We changed Ben's solid blue shirt to a fun floral printed shirt from Banana Republic. Captain Banff Luther sailed us out around the peninsula, around the harbor and all over Charleston treating us to a KILLER sunset and unparalleled views of the Battery and all the way up to Fort Sumter. I'd highly recommend booking a cruise on his cat with your friends ASAP!
What boat trip would be complete without someone pretending to be King of the World?
Could these two be any more gorgeous together?!
I spy the Charleston Battery in the background!
Oftentimes I hear brides and grooms telling me all the reasons they can't afford a wedding planner and I just want to BEG them to reconsider that stance for sooooooo many reasons. You can't afford NOT to have a competent wedding planner on the ground handling all the details you've worked so long and so hard to put together. Here are just a few reasons why you should think twice before skipping a planner. I'm likely going to repeat myself a few times here, but trust me, I speak the truth!
I'm not going to touch on Destination Weddings in this post because we've got one specifically dedicated to that in the works so just stay tuned!
1. Peace of mind!
This is the biggest and the most important reason you should have a wedding planner that is both competent (and I stress that word) and professional (another word that deserves much emphasis) handling all the details of your big day. A real true event planner will have a whole team with her (or him!) so that no detail goes unnoticed.
Oh, what's that? Your auntie used to work at a flower shop in college back in '87 and she's going to do all the planning AND the flowers? Oh, your mom's cousin's best friend's step-brother's nephew's girlfriend does planning on the side? First of all, no. Second, do you really want your loved ones or some random person "working" your wedding instead of enjoying it? Don't you want to spend that wonderful day WITH your friends and family versus ordering everyone around and making sure people have done their "jobs" as well as making sure the vendors are on point? Wouldn't it be brilliant to have someone there to make sure all that happens while you get to be the Bride and not the Planner?
Furthermore, that person is more than likely not a professional wedding planner. Without the experience of a seasoned planning professional, when the average person gets hit with a high-stress, highly unpredictable day things can go very wrong. I'm not trying to scare you, but if things get hairy, can your mom/sister/cousin/aunt/friend handle the stress? And do you even want to expose her to that? Don't put the people you love to work at your wedding. The margin for error, stress and drama is exceptionally high when you do that!
Event & Wedding Planner jobs have landed on the top 5 lists of most stressful jobs for the last 5+ years. Simply put, we're used to this shit!
2. You will get access to our connections!
We've spent years carefully curating a list of vendors* we trust and highly recommend. We've built relationships with people and we know how they operate, we know that they are true professionals and we can attest to their abilities to deliver on their promises. We know exactly who to match you up with to fit your design and budget. We know who to guide you toward and who to steer you away from.
And even aside from discounts, we can open doors to vendors that may only work with clients that have wedding planners. That's right, there are many venues and vendors that will only work with people that have a planner. Without one of us, you'd likely never even know about them!
*PLEASE know that our Preferred Vendor list is not built on kickbacks, charging vendors commissions or referral fees. We find kickbacks to be not only dishonest, but wholly unethical and would never suggest a vendor based on them paying us to do so.
3. We can help you SAVE money!
Yes, you heard me right. We can save you money by helping you spend it smarter and negotiating better terms with your vendors. And sometimes our Preferred Vendors will offer discounted rates or throw in a little something extra for Scarlet brides. I'm not saying we will definitely be able to get you discounts and freebies with every single vendor, but sometimes it will happen. We work very closely with our preferred list for many reasons and occasionally they'll toss in a little lagniappe (a little something extra) for our clients. Let me reiterate that, we cannot guarantee discounts from everyone, but sometimes they will be offered. Do not go into a relationship with a planner simply because you think she's going to get you bajillions of discounts and get you a free wedding because you will be sorely disappointed, but certain vendors are able to extend discounts and upgrades for the clients of a planner they love.
We can also help you spend your money smarter by showing you where you can source things for less, talking you OUT of wasting $250 on a custom aisle runner you will probably trip on, and introducing you to the wonderful world of new talent! Love a high-end designer's flowers but can't afford it? We can introduce you to new talent that is very similar to their design aesthetic for a fraction of the cost. Bringing me right back to point #2 again, we know people!
Did you know it takes roughly 250-300 hours to plan a wedding for 125 people? Do you really have that much time on your hands? We do!
5. We can handle the drama!
If we know beforehand that Aunt Carol and Uncle Victor don't get along we can make sure they don't have any run-ins during the wedding. We can help you with the seating chart and make sure to seat them far, far away from each other at the reception (and we even keep an eye for trouble!) instead of them accidentally ending up at the same table and someone getting stabbed. This has legit happened. Buy me a margarita and I might just tell you that story!
6. We are your new, super organized, wedding loving best friends!
In addition to all the normal stuff like putting your timeline together and creating floorplans, we are one of the only people you know who will never get sick of your wedding! We spend hours gathering all your important personal belongings, helping you make your seating chart, putting together and delivering your Welcome Bags, helping keep you calm when your future sister-in-law gets a mad classy, monstrous new skull & crossbones tattoo right across her throat 2 days before your super traditional cathedral wedding (airbrushing isn't that expensive and works really well!), performing amateur relationship counseling when the groom insists on wearing his ratty old beat up Chucks with his custom Vera Wang tux (just let it slide!), coming with you to fittings, helping you pick out just the right shoes and earrings and then helping you again when you change your mind, keeping you hydrated & fed the day of the wedding, and answering every call and text you send our way. We keep track of payments for your vendors, help the best man and the MOH write their speeches if they need us, hand out all the tips, and we keep your event running seamlessly, handling whatever gets thrown our way.
And, honestly, the only thing we want at the end of the night is for you to hug us and tell us that you love us before you head off into Happily Ever After. That's the stuff we live for. Make your planner feel like she's loved and we will move mountains for you. Always.
7. We have brilliant ideas!
What? It's true Sure, you've seen all kinds of cool stuff on Pinterest but so have 100 million other Pinners. Most wedding planners & event designers strive to create unique events customized to the exact taste & budget of each client. And that means we get to know you as a couple and then come up with truly unique ideas for just y'all. We don't just copy our other weddings or another designer's work.
Or maybe you want to do something completely wild? We have crazy out of the box ideas (and the right connections!) to take your event to the next level! Want to hear more? Schedule your complimentary consultation with a Scarlet Wedding Planner today!
I know some of y'all are still worried that you cant afford a planner, but here's one last piece of advice, the ages old saying: "You'll catch more flies with honey than vinegar" is one that will never go out of style. There is not one client that's been genuinely being kind and honest about their needs that has walked away without us finding a way to help them.
One of my absolute favorite past clients was on a tight budget and totally overwhelmed with planning, but she reminded me so much of my little sister, and on top of it she was absolutely delightful and gave me all the warm fuzzies when we talked for the first time that I knew I had to work with her and she's become one of my dearest friends (love you, Em!). So don't let your idea of what you can and can't afford stand in your way of at least talking to a wedding planner!
Happy planning, my loves!
enjoy a few photos of the SPD crew in action!
OMG, y'all when I say I'm behind on blogging I'm not even close to kidding! This gorgeous bohemian beach wedding shoot we did for A Lowcountry Wedding Magazine & Blog has been patiently waiting for me to get it together for like a year! Ooops!
At Scarlet Plan & Design we're always drawn to the more challenging events and adore the nontraditional, so Charleston Boho Beach Wedding Styled Shoot was right up our alley! But that afternoon, Mother Nature decided to give us a run for our money... Freak thunderstorms, relentless unyielding winds on the beach, traffic drama, and timing snafus threatened to shut us down, but we pulled it off and it was both creative and stunning! What do you do when your beach shoot can't be shot on a beach? Move the entire thing inside a vintage bus! And luckily we were able to get back together a few days later at Boneyard Beach to grab a few shots actually on the beach! Enjoy!
Last September, we made our way to the Isle of Palms for a gorgeous, Bohemian Beach Inspired afternoon at the Citadel Beach House where we created a whimsical atmosphere with a color palette of rich cranberry, ocean blues, pale peach and soft creams. We designed a killer tablescape highlighted by a mesmerizing teal sofa from CRUSH Event Rentals. A luscious floral arrangement from Forage + Fleur by Rebekah Clark Moody anchored the table while one-of-a-kind pieces from Vintage English Teacup were meticulously scattered amongst the charming table settings from Polished! Sablée whipped up an array of sweets, a dazzling four-tier, hand-painted cake and, our personal favorite, vibrant purple macaroons. - from A Lowcountry Wedding Blog & Magazine
Planning & Design: Scarlet Plan & Design // Photography: Dana Cubbage Weddings // Florist:Forage + Fleur by Rebekah Clark Moody // Hair & Makeup: Pink Dot Beauty Bar // Stationery: Jankun Creative // Furniture Rentals & Lighting: CRUSH Event Rentals // Table Settings: Polished! // Videography:Before Your Eyes Cinematography // Catering: Coastal Crust Food Truck // Bar: FLÛTE Charleston // Cake, Sweets & Cheese Wheels: Sablée // Transportation:Lowcountry Valet & Shuttle Co. // Favors & Goodies:Simply Southern Wedding Décor // Music: Charleston Virtuosi // Gowns: Fabulous Frocks and Ivory + Beau // Menswear: Kenneth Beatrice & The Modern Gent // Rentals: Vintage English Teacup // Styling: Sara Skinner & Alden deHart // Models: Anna Baginski & Chelsie Ravenell// Flower Crown, Arm Band: Anna Bella Florals
And here are a few from our sunset shoot at Boneyard Beach on Folly.
OK, so this might come off as a tad ranty, but hear me out! I'm soooooo tired of looking at wedding photos and all I see are guests hidden behind their damn cellphones. Where is the bride walking down the aisle with her father? Hidden behind Auntie Carol's gigantic friggin' iPad, 17 cellphones, Uncle Bob squatting in the aisle because he has a DSLR and now fancies himself a photographer, and even a couple of disposable cameras. Seriously? Where did you even get that fossil?
Y'all, stop! For the love of all things sacred and sugar-glazed, please stop it! Tell me this has not become the norm.
Oh, but it has! Everyone thinks they are entitled to get that special shot. But let me clarify this for you, you're not entitled to any such thing. You were invited by the happy couple to take part in witnessing and celebrating their union and the only thing you're entitled to is that, so feel free to just enjoy the moment and make memories. I'm not telling you not to take any photos...oh, wait, that's exactly what I'm telling you. PUT THE PHONE/CAMERA/IPAD (really? you carry an iPad around with you in real life situations?) DOWN AND ENJOY THE MOMENT. At least wait until after the ceremony to break out the devices again.
If the happy couple hasn't already decided to make their wedding unplugged, let me break down why you, my dear guests, should just go ahead and turn off your devices for a hot second.
Now let's have a chat about "Uncle Bob"
Uncle Bob is the cousin/uncle/father/friend with the "fancy" camera and the eye for ruining a pros shot. (That's what we folks in the wedding biz call "that guy".) Believe it or not, the happy couple actually hired a professional to take their wedding photos. Can you imagine the nerve?! They had the gall to spend thousands of dollars on a professional photographer and, in some cases a videographer, to capture images of the most important day of their lives. And you, my overly eager - ahem, obnoxious - friend, are in their way!
Let me repeat myself. You are in their way. When you hold up your camera while they are having their first dance, everyone who looks at the wedding photos will see that bright little light in your hand or (worse) you blocking the photographer. When you lean into the aisle when they are exchanging vows, having their first kiss, entering the church, you are blocking the photographer. And more often than not, churches have very specific rules when it comes to where the photographer can be. The photographer will painstakingly research the best place for them to set up their cameras and then most of the time they cannot leave that location for the duration of the ceremony. But if you decide to hop into the aisle, you will be the only thing people will focus on when they see the photos. And I hate to break it to you, but the only images the couple will really and truly care about come from the photographer they hired. Your photos, while appreciated, are not the ones they are most looking forward to. Sorry.
Now, about the flash.
And, no, I don't mean a super fun flash mob! The photos are trashed when you use the flash. That flash and the awful red dot that accompanies it can be seen like a beacon fire on a mountaintop! Yes, that's how it looks. That cannot be edited out. Once the flash goes off, the photo is ruined.
Bruh, we need to talk about social media etiquette.
I can't even count how many times we've seen overly excited bridesmaids or random guests/family members post a photo of the bride in her gown on Facebook, Snapchat or Instagram before the ceremony. I actually had a bride tell her wedding party that if they posted a pic of her online before the ceremony that she would smash their phone with a hammer! I kid you not, she pulled out an actual hammer. Don't even ask me where she found a hammer at the beach...
But seriously, y'all, it's not OK to post photos of the bride or groom on the internet before the ceremony or First Look. We get it, you're super excited about your bestie getting hitched, and OMG she really does look totes fabs, but just slow down, tiger, this isn't your moment to share. We've had many grooms see their brides beforehand and it's really heartbreaking for that special moment to be ruined. Please just don't do it.
And now what you've been waiting for...the photobombers in action! Enjoy the awfulness.
OH MY GOODNESS! Today is the Big Day!!! What are you doing the morning of your wedding? All too often when I ask this question my sweet brides start listing a million things they have to finish up and I just want to beg them to take it easy so I figured it was probably high time for a blog on this subject. The only things you should be doing the morning of your wedding are relaxing with your nearest and dearest and being pampered by your makeup artist, but here are a few of our tried and true suggestions!
1. Eat a big old breakfast! Then eat a big old lunch! You're probably not going to have another chance to eat for a very long time so eating now is essential. And odds are, your bridesmaids have lots of champagne ready to be poured so avoid getting tipsy on an empty tummy and eat up! Tip: make sure its high in protein and complex carbs to keep you going for hours.
2. Spend the morning with people you actually want to be around. There's no law or rule saying you have to spend the whole morning with every single person in your immediate and extended family, bridal party and well meaning visitors, so if a big huge group is not really your scene, ditch the crowd and just kick it with your mom and bestie! And guess what? If you want to sneak out and have coffee with your soon-to-be hubby, that's just fine too! The one and only person who was able to calm my nerves the morning of my wedding was Tony and thank god he stopped by the house to pick up his forgotten tie and check in on me. One hug and a smooch from that handsome fella was all I needed to soothe my frazzled nerves and get my day started right! So throw the rules away, smooch your sweetheart and dance on the bed with your bestie!
3. Stay hydrated! For every glass of champagne (or coffee) you have follow it with a glass of water. No, it will not make you look bloated but it will keep you from getting a headache or getting tipsy too early in the day. Seriously, nobody wants to be that hammered bride at her own wedding...save that for your bridesmaids weddings!
4. Write a sweet card or letter to your love! Have your wedding planner or a bridesmaid deliver it to him with your groom's gift. Or better yet, exchange the letters with a door between you to keep from seeing each other and read them at the same time. Bonus points if the photographer catches either of those things in motion! #swoon
5. Steal one of your sweetie's favorite button down shirts to get ready in. When getting your hair and makeup done the morning of your wedding the last thing you want to do is wear a tee shirt that you'd have to pull over your beautiful hair and makeup risking smudges and smears and ruining your lovely hair. By snagging one of his beloved button downs your hair and makeup will be safe and your getting ready shots will be even more special. Bonus points if its one of his college team shirts!
6. Do a "First Look" with your parents or just your dad. Everyone is always talking about the First Look with the groom, but the first time your mom and dad see you all made up and in your wedding gown, the tears are bound to flow and stunning heartfelt, tear-jerking photos are usually the result!
7. Take a few minutes alone to let it all sink in. Pray, meditate, cuddle with your dog, do whatever brings you peace when everything around you is going at full speed. You've spent months, maybe even a year or longer, planning a wedding and now that it's finally here, try to slow down for just a few minutes and find some quiet. This day is going to fly by and if you don't stop to enjoy it, it'll pass you by in the blink of an eye. Let the joy that this day is filled with come into your heart and just try to focus on the new life you and your beloved are forging from this day forward.
Well, there you have it! Those are our favorite tips and suggestions for the morning of your wedding! What are some of yours?
Happy planning, my loves!
Our first and last stop on the Scarlet Wedding Tour was the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, arguably one of my absolute favorite venues in all of Charleston. With several impressive venues right on site for weddings and events, CHRM and their amazing event team are my first stop when venue hunting for clients or working on one of our many editorial shoots. Shannon Hartman, the director of sales at CHRM, was one of the first people I spoke with when we first started planning the Tour and she went above and beyond for us in the months that followed.
We used the Yacht Club above the Fish House for the afterparty. With enormous windows and panoramic views of the Charleston Harbor, the Ravenel Bridge and most of downtown Charleston, the Yacht Club is absolutely breathtaking. The last time we were at CHRM we put together an amazing nautical wedding inspired photo shoot (recently seen in Charleston Weddings Magazine) but wanted to stray from Nautical and show that although the space is perfect for that design theme, you're not limited to only that!
Our design was inspired by Kate Spade, all things elegant, clean and fun. We started with black, white and gold as our base colors and added an array of blush pink, peach, fuchsia, lilac, dusty rose, and lots of greens to round out our stunning and fresh color palette. It was the perfect setting for the private after party! We used elegant black sequined linens on the high top tables, black and white chevron sequined runners on our white farm table estate tables, paired with square plates, perfect gold flatware and used Riedel red wine glasses with delicate Kate Spade polka dotted white wine glasses to finish off our tablescape.
venue :: Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina | planning & design :: Scarlet Plan & Design | photography :: The Click Chick Photography | rentals :: EventHaus | florals :: Tiger Lily Weddings | catering :: CHRM | cakes & cupcakes :: Sablee & Gardenia's Custom Cakes & Catering | table top rentals :: Polished | linens :: La Tavola & Ultrapom | paper suite :: By Brydon Fine Paper Design | mixology :: Firefly Vodka | music :: Ampd Entertainment
Gorgeous Gayla of Tiger Lily Weddings putting the finishing touches on their stunning floral design!
Try moving the table runners from the center of the table to either side tucked under your plates for a fun, fresh take on tradition! Black and white keeps it elegant while the chevron and the pop of pink in the napkins keep it light and unexpected! Gold flatware on square plates were the perfect finishing touches for this tablescape.
How perfect are these invitations?! Brydon Holsey & I collaborated on the design and it came out incredible! All I had to do was give Brydon my inspiration and color palette and she just absolutely nailed it!
This cake by Monica at Sablee might be my most favorite part of the entire design! I mean, how can you go wrong with polka dots, stripes, gold confetti and our very own Scarlet ampersand?!
The cakes Monica makes are absolutely outstanding and we just love taking our clients to do tastings at her West Ashley bakery.
The catering provided by Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina was outstanding...as always!
Local favorite Firefly Vodka sponsored the tasty cocktails our guests enjoyed!
Ampd Entertainment played remixed tunes and kept the party bumping! They're easily one of our favorite DJ's in the South and one of the first vendors we recommend to clients that want to get the party started and keep it going!
Gorgeous cakes and outstanding tastings by Gardenia's Custom Cakes and Catering. Bit of trivia for ya, the owner of Gardenia's, Desmond Pringle, and I go waaaaay back to my pastry days in Atlanta when we were on the same pastry team. Working with him was probably my favorite part of being a pastry chef! Desmond even made my wedding cake when Tony & I got married back in 2011. Love me some Desmond!
Today I am so excited to talk about Petra Petrillo and Flute Bar Service & Party Rentals. Petra was kind enough to host an Open House Holiday Party for all us event pros at LOKAL on Johns Island a few days ago and I am constantly blown away by her creativity and grace. As always, the cocktails were incredible, the food was outstanding and the service was perfect. Just a few of the many reasons that we are overjoyed to have Flute and her sister company Crave Catering on the Scarlet Wedding Tour.
- how long have you been in the event business? and/or business for yourself? Cooking and mixology were always in my life! My husband - Executive Chef Mike Petrillo and I opened our first restaurant in Pittsburgh, PA in 2002. We have started with catering as well as private parties back then. In 2007 we moved from Pennsylvania to Charleston and we launched Crave Charleston Catering. After 7 successful years in catering business I have started Flûte Charleston - bar service. I have many years of bartering experience and it just made sense to us to open a bartering service.
- what inspires you? Farmer’s markets and interesting grocery stores! I am exited about seasonal fruit for juices - I love mixing cocktails with fresh squeezed juice! Also, I have a passion for traveling and like to collect different ideas from various countries.
- what will guests of the scarlet wedding tour be seeing from you? Flûte will prepare 3 specialty cocktails created just for this event and will be serving them at Boone Hall Plantation.
- what are some of your favorite venues to work at? My favorite definitely are plantations - they are just stunning! My favorites are: Boone Hall Plantation, The Island House on John’s Island and Brookland Pointe Plantation on Edisto Island.
- what do you love most about this industry? I really like working with people and be part of their special day. I like to see how the events come together.
- what do you hope guests of the Scarlet Wedding Tour will take away from this experience? I hope they will be inspired to have a wedding of their dreams. With all the wonderful vendors participating in the Scarlet Wedding Tour there are going to see that the options and ideas have no limits!
- name one thing/place someone coming to Charleston from out of town must see or do. Carriage ride and a tour of one of the mansions in downtown is a must!
I am starting to get incredibly excited about the Scarlet Wedding Tour, y'all! We've got less than 2 months to go and so much in store for our guests!
Today I'm delighted to introduce everyone to the super talented Rebekah Clark Moody of Forage + Fleur. She's so much more than just a talented young woman, she's sweet and funny and kind and we just adore working with her and introducing her to our clients. She's one of the floral designers guests will see on the tour and she's doing two of our fabulous venues! Her designs will be at The Historic Rice Mill and Upstairs at Midtown.
- How long have you been in the event business? and/or business for yourself? I have been in the event industry for almost three years (wow, time flies) and I launched my business in August 2014.
- What inspires you? Authentic moments. Whether it’s sitting down for an intimate dinner with family and friends or getting to know new people at creative gatherings, I love spending that time to create memories. Beautiful light. There’s just something amazing about working on a project when the lighting is just right. I recently worked on my first styled bridal shoot where we recreated the English countryside. Looking through the camera lens when the light highlighted the model and my floral bouquet, how could you not get inspired? And lastly an amazing meal. Sitting down with good friends and good food inspires me greatly. The structure and menu of a well planned meal has the ability to make me think creatively of how a well designed arrangement could compliment the moment and enhance the atmosphere.
- What will guests of the Scarlet Wedding Tour be seeing from you? Soft, lush blooms with lots of greenery mixed in. The floral arrangements that I design are very natural and whimsical. I forage and work with flowers in their natural state. If my flowers or greens naturally fall to the right I put them on the right. When you see my designs I want them to look as if these flowers naturally grew together and I simply put them in a vase with unique variations and vibrant colors.
- What are some of your favorite venues to work at? Some of my absolute favorite venues in Charleston are River Oaks Charleston, Boone Hall, and Runnymede Plantation.
- What do you love most about this industry? I love the ever-changing nature of the event industry. Each and every event is unique, so it is fun to collaborate with other creative vendors to make each event remarkable. We as artists evolve and change over time. It’s inspiring for me to see our work evolve and change through our collaborative process.
- What do you hope guests of the Scarlet Wedding Tour will take away from this experience? Inspiration and peace of mind. The wedding planning process can be quite challenging, so having good vendors that can help guide you along the way is crucial.
- Name one thing/place someone coming to Charleston from out of town must see or do. I would spend a day downtown, walking along the Battery, exploring all the beautiful historic homes, and eating at some amazing restaurants... like the Ordinary, Husk, or Two Boroughs Larder. Ok, maybe that is more than one.
I am so excited to talk about my good friend Dana Cubbage of Dana Cubbage Weddings on the blog today! She was one of my first friends here in Charleston and is one of my go-to photographers when I have clients looking for a photographer with her clean, elegant, timeless style. Dana is quick to laugh and has to be one of the easiest people I know to get along with. Brides and grooms just adore her and we are absolutely delighted to have her on The Scarlet Wedding Tour.
We've put some fun questions together for folks to get to know the sponsors of The Tour a little better. Enjoy!
happy planning, loves!
- how long have you been in the event business? and/or business for yourself? Photography was always a hobby of mine, but my background is in business + finance. After 7 years in corporate America, I was laid off at the most perfect time and became a full-time wedding photographer! It was the push I needed to make it happen! I've been shooting weddings full-time since August 2012 :)
- what inspires you? Traveling, new locations, beautiful light, color, texture, architecture, nature, my clients… there is so much beauty in our every day life!
- what will guests of the scarlet wedding tour be seeing from you? I'll be photographing all of the lovely details that the Scarlet Plan & Design team creates! Shooting details is one of my most favorite things!
- what are some of your favorite venues to work at? I absolutely love plantations + nautical settings! Luckily, Charleston has plenty of them. In Charleston, I'd have to say my favorite venues are Lowndes Grove, the William Aiken House, + the Legare Waring House… but honestly, there isn't a "bad" venue in town!! I just really love the versatility of those places :)
- what do you love most about this industry? The camaraderie among the vendors. I've met SO many incredible people in this industry and I feel like we are so very lucky to be surrounded by such creative AND kind people!
- what do you hope guests of the scarlet wedding tour will take away from this experience? I hope they are able to see the possibility of creating a unique wedding experience for themselves and their guests. I hope they come away with new ideas + inspiration on what is possible!
- name one thing/place someone coming to charleston from out of town must see or do. Taco Boy :) You know it's my fave! Other than eat, I'd say take a walk downtown South of Broad. It's magical down there!
I adore helping the sweet moms of my clients dress for the wedding day! I love when they want to compliment the wedding party with their attire but want to look their best at the same time. I mean, your mom has to look amazing, right?
But sometimes its really hard to find a gown or dress suit that looks appropriate for a wedding without looking like a performer in a casino. Avoid the dreaded bling, mamas! If it's covered in sequins and sparkles, you're running the risk of looking like one of Beyonce's backup singers and that's not really the most appropriate for your child's wedding. A little bit of sparkle can go a very long way, loves!
Also note that unless you're attending a brunch wedding, there is no need to wear something as boring as a day suit, ladies. You're a person of honor at the wedding and as such you must look the part.
One of my favorite places to find amazing gowns is Rent The Runway. There is no shortage of incredible couture gowns appropriate for every type of wedding! Here are just a few of my favorites perfect for nighttime events!
For only $135, this incredible Monique Lhuiller would be stunning at a formal but fun wedding!
This low-backed, black and gold Theia is just beyond incredible!
Color blocking is huge right now and has taken runways and the red carpet by storm all over the planet. Go bold with this black and white confection by Milly for only $150.
Another Monique Lhuiller gown, this one in glittering gold, would be perfect for any wedding where gold is being featured.
This modest black lace Anna Scholz gown is just incredible!
Is the event at a fabulous art gallery or perhaps have a more casual, but still elegant, feel? This black jumpsuit by Cushnie Et Ochs is the perfect fit!
This playful high/low gown by Monique Lhuillier would be perfect for a daytime or evening event.
Whimsical garden wedding? Look no further than this Badgley Mischka for only $165!
This one shouldered, floor-length Badgley Mischka with the flattering peplum waist would be just as at home in an ultra formal setting as a semi-formal one. And for only $150, who could say no?
Yes, I know, I'm obsessed with Badgley Mischka, but who isn't? This royal blue and black peplum/ruffled gown is just killer!
It's Friendor Friday again and we're over the moon to announce and feature the newest sponsor of the Scarlet Wedding Tour (read all about it on the blog if you missed it!), Firefly Vodka! That's right, y'all. We just got my favorite vodka distilled and bottled right here in the Lowcountry. If you haven't had a chance to check them out in person, I strongly urge anyone over the age of 21 (sorry, Liza) to head over to Wadmalaw Island for a tasting! With 6 flavors of vodka to choose from, several options for liquor, wine and new rhums (that's how they spell rum), the options for tasty concoctions are just endless!
Whether you want to serve your guests spiked Arnold Palmers, banana pudding shots, or peach cobbler cocktails (yep, that's a thing!), the folks over at Firefly can create the perfect concoction to wow everyone invited! We simply cannot wait to see what they've created for guests of the Scarlet Wedding Tour!!!
This week's Scarlet Wedding Tour Sponsor Spotlight belongs to my dear friend Mackenzie Clark of the Click Chick Photography. Mackenzie was one of my first friends when we moved to Charleston from Atlanta late last year and we immediately became close. She took me to mixers, networking events and introduced me to almost everyone I now know. We've done several shoots and events together and I love the heck out of her. Her sweet spirit, loyal friendship and willingness to help no matter the situation has made her much more than just a friendor, she's easily one of my besties and my little guy's Auntie Kenzie!
Mackenzie's style could best be described as pure, warm, cheerful happiness. The vibrant colors she captures and the emotions her photos convey are virtually indescribable. Every photo she takes is just chock full of life. It's easy to see why she's so incredibly popular here in Charleston. From engagements to weddings and family sessions to portraits, The Click Chick has an award winning eye for photography! She's been published online and in print numerous times over the last several years.
Mackenzie was one of the very first people to even hear about this wacky idea we had. She signed on to be a part of this before there this was even a thing and we can't think of a better person to have sponsoring The Scarlet Wedding Tour and photographing the couples taking the tour. After the tours conclude, Mackenzie will be hanging at the Afterparty at The Yacht Club The Charleston Harbor Resort with everyone available to chat with couples one on one about their weddings. Make sure you find her to say hello!
From now until The Scarlet Wedding Tour happens in January, we're going to be featuring a different SWT sponsor every Friday. We're calling it Friendor Fridays! (Friend + Vendor = Friendor for all of those who don't know wedding industry lingo)
This week we're featuring a vendor I absolutely adore and a whole fleet of incredible vintage vehicles that I would happily take off their hands if they ever needed a new home! I can't really get over the unique and amazing vehicles Lowcountry Valet has in their fleet! From vintage buses from the 50's to VW buses turned into gorgeous luxury vehicles to adorable tandem bicycles, these guys have it all! And it's not limited to just funky modes of transportation. They've got all the normal limos and party buses, but vintage cars? That's their thing and we're legit excited about it.
And guess what? Guests of the Scarlet Wedding Tour get to experience their vehicles firsthand on January 31, 2015! That's right, Lowcountry Valet is our transportation sponsor for the Tour and we can't wait for couples to check out their fleet in person!
Take a peek at just a few of their amazing vehicles below and see the rest of the collection here.
for more info on how you can become a sponsor contact Sara Skinner
The only thing hotter than a well dressed man is two well dressed men! Here we've culled some of our favorite looks for tying the knot in style. Some of them are matching, some of them are complete opposites and some are just too dope (do the cool kids still say that?) not to include!
The one piece of advice I give all my couples is to be true to themselves and to make sure your attire is well tailored. If you're not comfortable wearing a tuxedo, then don't do it. However, if you're the sort of couple the adores being matchy-matchy then absolutely match one another for your wedding. This is your day and you should feel your absolute best while letting your personalities shine through!
Why not have one of you wear a bowtie and the other can wear a necktie in coordinating colors like the couple below? I honestly just can't handle how much I love the light gray suits sans jacket and just the vests!
Matching tuxes will never be wrong in my book either! Good gracious, men in well fitted tuxes just make your heart go pitter-patter...
And matching brown designer suits with matching socks? That's a done deal!
I just love these handsome fellas in blue and navy blue suits that really compliment each other perfectly. You really can't go wrong!
There is nothing I don't love about everything in the photo below! Super dark jeans with white tux jackets and the Happily Ever After jump? Adore!
One of the best ways to set the stage for the mood and style of your event is through the escort cards. They are one of the first things your guests will see before entering the reception and it's a great chance to show off your personalities. Between unique cards and even more unique displays, the opportunities to do something completely out of the ordinary are endless! We hope the following images inspire and ignite your imaginations to let your personalities shine through at your wedding!
With watercolors making a huge impact on weddings right now it's safe to say we're utterly smitten with these amazing escort card displays found on Ruffled! How perfect would they be for a wedding in a museum or lovely garden fete?
And aren't we all a little obsessed with gold right now? I can't even contain my excitement over these gorgeous gilded farm animals!
What do you do when you've only got a small space to display your escort cards? Utilize the wall! Why not incorporate flowers from your bouquet and the tables into one of the most unique displays we've ever seen?
Even if you're not having a nautical wedding, using a boat to display your escort cards is super fun!
Who could resist the rustic charm of these?
I can honestly say with all certainty that if I found a portrait of my own face as my place card I'd be over the freaking moon!!
And all it takes for this little gem is matchbox cars and tiny Christmas trees! Stop. The. Madness. I'm utterly obsessed. If someone would like to make these for me I will love you forever! Please & Thank You!
photo credits: style me pretty, ruffled blog, craft gawker, the knot, southbound bride
When choosing your wedding decor, never think for a second that you're limited to only traditional options. If you're getting hitched outside a church, the only thing that you are limited by is your, or your planner's, imagination.
Backdrops can be used for a variety of reasons. Perhaps you'd like to add some extra color or a fun focal point for your guests. Or perhaps you'd like to show off your wedding vows on a massive handpainted canvas. No matter your reason, if you can dream it up, it can be done! So be brave and go for something that really speaks to you.
This gorgeous floral backdrop would look just as at home in a lovely garden wedding as it would in a barn. It would even look incredible in an art gallery!
If you're getting married in a garden and want something outside the traditional flower route but still want to add a bit of whimsy, check out these amazing hedges in the initials of the newlyweds!
Or this eco-friendly living backdrop!
Love books? We do!
These wooden doors are just amazing too!
I'm especially smitten with the idea of writing your wedding vows or a favorite passage on a giant backdrop!
Or upcycle an old wooden pallet with a lovely garland.
So go have some fun with your ceremony decor!