I can’t believe we’re wrapping up 2012! It’s been a wonderful year here at A Lowcountry Wedding and couldn’t have done it with our your support. We’ve got big things in store for 2013 and can’t wait to share all the big news! To close out the year, we’re sharing a stunner from a few of our favorites! Kacy + Justin’s beach affair took place at the breathtaking DeBordieu Club where the talented Paula Player Photography was on hand to capture all the lovely details. Greenskeeper Florist created delicate hydrangea bouquets with touches of cream and peach roses.
Bride Megan selected The Island House on Johns Island to capture the beauty and elegance of the grand, Deep South while also making sure her guests felt relaxed. They incorporated soft, delicate flowers like hydrangeas and spray roses in contrast to stunning dahlias to create a wonderful symphony of color that was breathtaking against the dreamy, Lowcountry backdrop. To honor her grandmother, they included old canning jars as vases at the reception. “If anything signified Grandma’s love the best, it was her canning!” Thanks to Wanda Cavazos of Richard Bell Photography for capturing all the beautiful moments.
I ran across this timeless Bluff Drive wedding engagement from Jade + Matthew Take Pictures a few months ago and about fell out of my chair! I knew that it was time for us to road trip it from Charleston down to Savannah and I can’t wait for you to see why . This beautiful couple knocked it out of the park with their classic, Southern attire and they couldn’t have picked a more picturesque, Lowcountry backdrop.
I had a hard time choosing what pictures to use for this beauty from Fia Forever Photography because in every shot blushing bride Lydia is completely elated. It’s just too lovely not to share. Lydia + Clay got hitched in Mt. Pleasant, at the charming Wando Farms, in a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. Later, the couple and their guests slipped on their dancing shoes for the perfect evening under the Lowcountry stars. Charleston wedding vendor, Ooh! Events, hit-it-out-of-the-park with soft centerpieces to compliment the classic blue color palette.
I’m so glad we get to close the week with this little Lowcountry gem at Pepper Plantation! Jennifer + Mike rounded up a talented group of Charleston wedding vendors to pull off their December extravaganza starting with the amazing design team at Sweetgrass Eventsand floral creations by Wildflowers Inc. Seriously, isn’t Jennifer’s bouquet is insane? They left the task of capturing all the details to the superb Virgil Bunao, while the gals from Sweetgrass Events executed everything to perfection. Tell me you don’t love every minute of this!
I think I’ve started like 10 drafts of this post, maybe even more. I never thought it could be so hard to write about a couple you know, but trust me, it is! I met Caroline + Dunc through my husband when they were all starting their Master’s program at MUSC. They started off just as friends and by the winter of their second year, things had evolved into a relationship.
Hopefully, you caught Dodeline Design’s early guest post about a stationer’s role in your seated dinner extravaganza. If not, feel free to check it out here! Sticking with the served dinner topic for your Lowcountry wedding reception, we’ve asked another talented Charleston wedding vendor to discuss the catering end of things. So, please welcome the crew from Duvall Events as they teach you everything you need to know when planning your plated dinner reception…
A served and seated dinner provides an entirely different event experience and aesthetic than a stations or buffet style reception. It can be a wonderfully intimate way to celebrate your new marriage with your closest friends and family all seated around a table, getting to know each other. There are a few basic things all brides and grooms should know when deciding on a served dinner.
1. Served dinners are more expensive. When having a served dinner, you need a seat for every guest attending the reception, this drives your rental cost up- more tables, more linens, more centerpieces, more glassware. Consider mix and matching floral centerpieces with candle or lantern centerpieces to save on your floral budget. If everyone’s being served at the same time, catering companies need more staff to execute dinner service- more chefs and more servers- this inevitably increases your bottom line budget. Lastly, even if you have an open bar, if you want wine service with dinner, most catering companies will charge a per-bottle fee in addition to your open bar price. Consider having guests get up to go to the bar for a refresher or ask the servers to offer refreshments if they’re free. If you insist on wine service with dinner, consider closing the bar during the dinner hour to save on your bar cost.
2. Served dinners require more planning. If you’re planning on offering multiple options, you must pre-plan and coordinate your invitations so you can have a proper entree count to provide your caterer. We typically ask for these final entree counts at least 2 weeks prior to the wedding. Additionally, it is important that your catering company know about any allergies so they can accommodate any guests that may need a special entree. During dinner service, we typically ask that the place cards somehow denote what entree the guest requested on the response card. If this is not done, often times people forget what they ordered and guests end up with entrees they do not want.
3. Served dinners take time. An average served dinner will typically take about an hour and a half, with getting guests seated prior and up and onto the dancefloor after. If you’re dreaming about a wedding full of people buzzing about and hitting the dancefloor all evening, know that a served dinner takes time to execute and will typically take up ⅓ of your reception.
4. Details matter. When planning a served dinner, talk with your caterer about customizing the china, glassware and flatware you use. Mix vintage patterns to create fun decor. Incorporate a metallic charger to make a statement or mix and match water glasses to create an eclectic feel. The table settings will be a focal point so pay attention to every detail- what napkin fold do you want? How do you want the place card? Will there be a menu card at each setting? Does the chair match the aesthetic? When making all of these decisions, be sure all of these details coordinate with the centerpieces you have chosen. Get creative with your table scapes and chairs and your tables are sure to catch the eye! Lastly- candles, candles, candles! Candleligt is the best way to create budget friendly ambiance at your wedding. Ask your caterer if they provide votives to sprinkle on the tables. If not, purchase a box and have your caterer place a few on each table. It will make a world of difference!
All images via Duvall Events
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