I’ve become kind of a pro at determining which Southern wedding details our readers will go crazy over, and I’m pretty positive that these wonderful Summer bouquets fromWildflowers Inc. will be a huge pinterest hit! Erika + Logan’s sweet Charleston wedding was filled with love, laughter and lots of color and, lucky for us, Monika Gauthier Photography was on hand to capture all the adorable details. The duo tied the knot in an intimate outdoor ceremony before heading over to the South Carolina Aquarium for one heck of a celebration complete, with a stunning Jim Smeal creation!
This week, the crew at A Lowcountry Wedding will be feverishly reviewing all the beautiful real wedding submissions we’ve received from up and down the Carolina coast. I’ll be honest, I’ve taken a peek at a few and you’re going to go crazy at what’s in store for our first online magazine! These big ol’ Southern weddings are IN-sane! So, while get cracking on these submissions, we thought you might to swoon over this dreamy Charleston wedding from Loren Routhier Photography. Loren is an amazing photography who, not only captures every lovely detail, she also has knack for capturing each and every couple at their finest. Gorgeous bride Elizabeth and her dapper husband Justin looked oh-so happy at their Middleton Place affair where Duvall Events was on hand to treat guests to a fabulous celebration!
This Lowcountry tale begins at the romantic Legare Waring House where stunning Oak trees create the perfect backdrop for a picturesque Southern wedding. With the help of Charleston Flower Market, Rory Metz of Jubilation designed an elegant outdoor affair with lovely pops of purple for Jodi + Brian’s Charleston wedding. Thankfully, the weather shaped up and gave way for an evening of delicious cuisine from Duvall and tunes from The Highballs. Thanks to amelia + dan photography for capturing another Lowcountry beauty!
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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If I could reach through this little laptop and hug (or maybe smooch!) Sean Money + Elizabeth Fay, trust me, I would…and I have a feeling you might want to, too! The dreamy images of this Charleston wedding that you are about to see are going to make you weak-in-the-knees. The couple under the massive Oaks…completely swoonworthy. This little beauty took place at The Pavilion at Pepper Plantation and is the perfect intimate mixture of vintage and rustic. Beautiful bride Nikki incorporated beautiful jewel tones, peacock feather and DIY elements throughout and even tackled the centerpieces herself! After a stunning ceremony overlooking the water, Duvall Events treated their guests to delicious Lowcountry cuisine and out-of-this-world service.
Today, we’ve got a big, beautiful helping of wedding fabulousness from the talented team at Richard Bell Photography. Oh, and that’s not all! Today’s couple hand selected some of Charleston’s finest wedding vendors for their classic Middleton Place affair. Kimberly + Neil were blessed with picturesque weather as they said their ‘I do’s’ in an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of the grand estate. (Just wait until you see the images of Kimberly walking down the aisle…to die for!) The celebration continued in the Pavilion which was decorated to perfection with hanging wild smilax in the rafters and twinkle lights to soften the ceiling. Kimberly was hoping for a Southern, Fall wedding but wasn’t crazy about your typical Fall colors. So, with the help of Duvall Events and Tiger Lily Weddings, they went with a rich color palette of purple mixed with white hydrangeas, green hypericum berries and touches of soft white roses. The tables were adorned with natural greenery and hydrangeas to create a floral wreath around glowing silver lanterns that set the mood for the cozy, Fall affair. The team at Duvall Events did not disappoint as they treated the guests to a stunning array of Lowcountry cuisine and tasty caramel apples!